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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Despite the best efforts of educators, our nation’s schools are dangerously obsolete. Instead of teaching students to be critical thinkers and problem-solvers, we are asking them to memorize facts for multiple choice tests. This problem isn’t limited to low-income school districts: even our top schools aren’t teaching or testing the skills that matter most in the global knowledge economy. Our teens leave school equipped to work only in the kinds of jobs that are fast disappearing from the American economy. Meanwhile, young adults in India and China are competing with our students for the most sought-after careers around the world.

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.

An education manifesto for the twenty-first century, The Global Achievement Gap is provocative and inspiring. It is essential reading for parents, educators, business leaders, policy-makers, and anyone interested in seeing our young people succeed as employees and citizens.

For additional information about the author and the book, please go to www.schoolchange.org

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table_of_contents The new world of work and the seven survival skills -- The old world of school -- Testing, 1 2 3 -- Reinventing the education profession -- Motivating today's students and tomorrow's workers -- Closing the gap: schools that work -- A few answers, and more questions., The new world of work and the seven survival skills -- The old world of school -- Testing, 1 2 3 -- Reinventing the education profession -- Motivating today's students--and tomorrow's workers -- Closing the gap : schools that work -- Conclusion : a few answers, and more questions -- Afterword to the paperback edition -- Five years later : the worst of times, the best of times.
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title 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
title_display 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
title_full 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, 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 / Tony Wagner, The global achievement gap [electronic resource] : why even our best schools don't teach the new survival skills our children need---and what we can do about it / Tony Wagner
title_short The global achievement gap :
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