In this interview with the Economist, Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World and How they Got That Way, discusses low-tech critical thinking as part of the success of Asian schools (and Finland) on the PISA test.

“I have been to some of the most mediocre stultifyingly boring classrooms you have ever seen, and there is a $4,000 digital smartboard on every classroom wall. There is a fixation with gear and consumption in this country, which manifests itself in the classroom in spending money on stuff instead of people… but we do have ipads for everyone in Los Angeles.”