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 He illustrates that even in our best schools, we dont teach or test the skills that matter most for the twenty first century Uncovering what motivates todays generation to excel in school and the workplace, Wagner explores new models of schools that are inspiring students to solve tough problems and communicate at high levels An education manifesto for the 21st century, The Global Achievement Gap is a must read for anyone interested in seeing our young people achieve their full potential, while contributing to a strong economy and vibrant democracy.This updated edition includes a new chapter discussing changes in education since the 2008 financial crisis, ethics in education, and recent initiatives such as the Department of Educations Race to the Top program and implementation of the Common Core....
|Title||:||The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Dont Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Needand What We Can Do About It|
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The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Dont Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Needand What We Can Do About It Reviews
The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner is another in a series of recent books that present a critical view of American education. What Wagner and others decry is the failure of schools to teach what he calls “survival skills,” namely such things as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork. Wagner is described on the back cover of the book as an “Expert in Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab.” He claims that there are two achievement gaps in our education systems. The first is the gap between the quality of schooling that most middle-class students get and the quality available to poor and minority children. The second gap, and the one that is the primary focus of the book, is the global gap between even what our best schools are teaching and testing and what all students need to succeed as workers, learners and citizens in today’s global knowledge economy.
Very good book however not appropriately titled. It focused almost exclusively on America and not greatly in a method of comparison with the exception of discussion non the PISA exam. This, however, does not take away from the book or its content. The information is wonderful and absolutely relevant to the issues facing the school system today. He examines how the rote memorization and learning of intricate details of every single subject does not constitute true learning but rather a method of information ingestion that is forgotten immediately after the test. He shows how even some of the top schools in America have the same issues in the way they teach. However, he also explores numerous schools that are getting it right. Schools that are unconventional. They do not all have students getting perfect scores on standardized tests but the students are actually learning and their ability to grasp information more deeply leads to their ability to rationalize and compartmentalize as an adult. This is a must have for parents and educators who want to understand how the system fails kids and how they can overcome it.
Wagner argues that the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, which attempts to close the achievement gap between our best and worst schools, has instead left us with schools that are less effective than ever in preparing our children for college, work and life. Our schools are still mired in educational content and methods from the industrial age; our children get more of the skills they really need outside of school, from extracurricular activities, personal exploration and social networking, if they are fortunate enough to have those opportunities.