To the Editors:
I recently completed an excellent new book, The Smartest Kids in the World, by Amanda Ripley. Needless to say, she is not talking about the United States. One of her key conclusions is that countries that have the best educational systems have a culture that truly values and supports quality education. We in Wilton can no longer be satisfied by saying we are one of the best in the U.S., when U.S. students taking the PISA test in 2009 (Program for International Student Assessment) ranked 26th in math, 17th in science and 12th in reading.