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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  • Copyright: 2010-04-06
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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In The Global Achievement Gap, education expert Tony Wagner situates our school problems in the larger context of the demands of the global knowledge economy. With insights gained from visits to classrooms in leading suburban schools, he analyzes performance by considering the skills needed to get a good job and become a productive citizen. Highlighting discussions with young people and the adults who work with them, Wagner also explains the ways in which today's generation is differently motivated to excel. A manifesto for the twenty-first century,The Global Achievement Gapi s a must-read for anyone interested in seeing our young people achieve their full potential.

Author Biography

Tony Wagner is Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group (CLG) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of Change Leadership, Making the Grade, and How Schools Change. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xix
The New World of Work and the Seven Survival Skillsp. 1
The Old World of Schoolp. 43
Testing, 1 2 3p. 78
Reinventing the Education Professionp. 126
Motivating Today's Students—and Tomorrow's Workersp. 167
Closing the Gap: Schools That Workp. 207
Conclusion: A Few Answers—and More Questionsp. 255
Afterword to the Paperback Editionp. 273
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 304
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I bought this used textbook from ecampus few weeks ago, it was a great one, in this textbook Wagner looks at alternative [censored]sments that measure students' abilities to problem solve, manage information, and apply content knowledge to real issues. He talks with students, staff; visits schools, and presents programs that have eschewed the shallow approach favored by most schools today. Unlike the uncritical flybys that we are used to seeing during most school visitations where everything is choreographed for the visitor, Wagner, having been a teacher and administrator, looks beyond the facade and is not afraid to speak his mind. Speaking in a frank yet balanced tone, he argues convincingly that we need a better definition for "rigor"---one that looks beyond mere content, while not ignoring content's importance.
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