The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need - and What We Can Do About It

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"Education expert Tony Wagner has conducted scores of interviews with business leaders and observed hundreds of classes in some of the nation's most highly regarded public schools. He discovered a profound disconnect between what potential employers are looking for in young people today (critical thinking skills, creativity, and effective communication) and what our schools are providing (passive learning environments and uninspired lesson plans that focus on test preparation and reward memorization)." He explains how every American can work to
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"Education expert Tony Wagner has conducted scores of interviews with business leaders and observed hundreds of classes in some of the nation's most highly regarded public schools. He discovered a profound disconnect between what potential employers are looking for in young people today (critical thinking skills, creativity, and effective communication) and what our schools are providing (passive learning environments and uninspired lesson plans that focus on test preparation and reward memorization)." He explains how every American can work to overhaul our education system, and he shows us examples of dramatically different schools that teach all students new skills. In addition, through interviews with college graduates and people who work with them, Wagner discovers how teachers, parents, and employers can motivate the "net" generation to excellence.
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"This book deserves to be powerfully influential." —-Mel Levine
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  • ISBN-13: 9780465002290
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Tony Wagner is co-director of the Change Leadership Group (CLG) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He consults to schools and foundations and served as Senior Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has appeared on the Today show and NPR. A former high school teacher and principal, he is the author of Change Leadership, Making the Grade, and How Schools Change. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The New World of Work and the Seven Survival Skills 1

Ch. 2 The Old World of School 43

Ch. 3 Testing, 1 2 3 78

Ch. 4 Reinventing the Education Profession 126

Ch. 5 Motivating Today's Students - and Tomorrow's Workers 167

Ch. 6 Closing the Gap: Schools That Work 207

Conclusion: A Few Answers - and More Questions 255

Index 284

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

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    Education For The Future

    I¿ve been a big proponent of quality education for decades. Quality education leads to quality employees and that attracts well paying jobs. That, in turn, increases the local tax base which funds better roads, sewers, parks, along with more police officers, firefighters, EMS, and improves the overall quality of life in the community. Tony Wagner¿s book, The Global Achievement Gap, is a tour de force for anyone interested in America¿s school system. We are fast becoming a nation of underachievers in a society which rewards mediocrity. We are graduating students without a basic understanding math, English, science, or history. We¿ve all but cut out art and music from their curriculum. But whatever you do, don¿t interfere with their sports programs! Mr. Wagner delves into why our children are failing behind the rest of the world and what we can do about it before it¿s too late. The dumbing down of our children has to stop now. I urge everyone interested in our school system to read Mr. Wagner¿s book now!

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Must read for those who care about the education of our youth

    Just finished reading this book. I was lent the book by a career educator, my brother Michael. He simply told me I needed to read this now that I was on the Borard of Education. Honestly, I wish he would have given to me after he first read it.

    It is very sobering to read of where we as a country stand with the rest of world on successfully educating our youth. Sad to say it, but we do not fair as well as we did in the past. It is not a slam on our educators or administrators, but more of the well intentioned plans that our federal and state governments have instituted that have drove us to where we currently are now, "teaching for the test."

    There is hope though and some schools systems have been brave enough to invoke the change required to help all of our children to become successful citizens in the USA and excel in the world economy. It poses the question of what makes successful students and what employers are looking for in the next generation. It's about asking the right questions, not basic regurgitation of data.

    This book is not a simple cure to all our problems, but more a visionary approach to helping schools get to better education process with examples of those that have and how they did it. This is a great read for administrators, teachers, board members, parents and all those who care about our children's education.

    It will make you think...we can do better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    There is a gap

    More Americans need to be able to read books like this to understand why we need to get rid of the lazy society mentality

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