A classic book on people's irrationalities.
Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and cognitive scientist. Together with his late research partner Amos Tversky, he co-founded the field of cognitive heuristics and biases in psychology, and that of behavioural economics. This all stems from his investigations into the irrationalities of human thought.
In this book, he explains his findings from a lifetime of research.
In the introduction to the episode, I mention some PISA reports with international perspectives on education. Here are links to all six volumes of the 2012 report:
Volume I: What Students Know and Can Do: Student Performance in Mathematics, Reading, and Science
Volume II: Excellence through Equity: Giving Every Student the Chance to Succeed
Volume III: Ready to Learn: Students' Engagement, Drive, and Self-Beliefs
Volume IV: What Makes Schools Successful? Resources, Policies and Practices
Volume V: Creative Problem Solving - Students' Skills in Tackling Real-Life Problems
Volume VI: Students and Money - Financial Literacy Skills for the 21st Century
The other figure I mention, who talks about education in international perspective with an anti-PISA stance, is Yong Zhao. His website is zhaolearning.com.