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The Global Achievement Gap
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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, districts, and foundations and served as Senior Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has appeared on The Today Show, NPR, McNeil/Lehrer News Hour and writes for Education Week. 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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"This important book is a wake-up call for America. For over fifty years, our schools have stayed the same, while the world has changed dramatically. Students memorize academic content, and study for standardized tests, but they never learn how to think, solve problems, or be creative. Wagner's stories about the few remarkable schools that are transforming classroom instruction and pointing the way to the future are compelling. Every parent, teacher, politician, and executive should read this book."--Keith Sawyer, author of "Group Genius"

"In this persuasive book, Tony Wagner delineates what skills are needed in a globalized era, why most American schools can't nurture them, and how today's schools could be transformed to cultivate tomorrow's skills."--Howard Gardner, author of "Five Minds for the Future"


""The Global Achievement Gap" is thoughtful and inspirational. It describes how, in these changing times, schools too must change if the US is to remain a strong economic and intellectual leader in the world, and it offers creative solutions and examples of success. This book will capture your head, your heart and, I hope, your future actions. This is a VERY important book for anyone who cares about preparing young people for success in a rapidly changing global society. Every school board member, administrator, teacher and parent in the nation should read this book."--Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director, National School Boards Association

"Tony Wagner is not just talking about our schools here--he is talking about the future our nation. "The Global Achievement Gap" cuts through the complexity and partisan posing so often associated with this genre. It is a powerful call to action, and a roadmap of how to fundamentally rethink the education of our children. If we ignore it, we do so at great peril."--Keith R. McFarland, author of #1 "Wall Street Journal" and "New York Times" Bestseller, The "Breakthrough Company: How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers" "Kudos to Tony Wagner....Many people have been cursing the darkness of our education system, but by breaking down the many dilemmas that students, teachers and parents face as well as examining different approaches that have been successful, Wagner lights a candle for those who want to help, but don't know where to start. Whether we can transition through these exciting and perilous times will depend upon the culture we leave our young people. Tony Wagner has provided a map."--John Abele, Founding Chairman, BostonScientific, Board Chair, FIRST


"EDUCATED QUEST"
"If I had the money, I would buy a copy of this book for every governor, congressman and senator; this book presents a far better direction for education politics than the current thoughts from Washington..."The Global Achievement Gap" is well-reasoned and well-written...If you're a parent who is serious about your child's education and course content, buy this book and use the Survival Skills as your guide."
"Tony Wagner argues persuasively that old ways of teaching are completely unsuited to new ways of working. "The Global Achievement Gap "should be grabbed by business leaders to guide a much-needed conversation with educators."--Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and author of "America the Principled "and "Confidence"

"In "The Global Achievement Gap," Tony Wagner offers a thoughtful analysis of where we are in American public education (behind the times), and what we need to do to adapt to the future that is upon us. Drawing upon years of accumulated wisdom as a teacher, principal, trainer, and well-traveled observer of schools, Wagner builds a persuasive case for change in the way we approach schooling, grounded in the question, what does it mean to be an educated person in the 21st century?"--Dr. Richard C. Atkinson, President Emeritus, University of California


"Harvard Crimson"
.,."Wagner's book raises many important questions about both the state and purpose of secondary education in America."

""The Global Achievement Gap" is a must read for all policymakers as the Congress continues its debate on how best to reform the No Child Left Behind law...It's time to stop harping on what's wrong with our schools, and instead provide them with the tools that they need to produce competitive, connective, technologically proficient, hopeful young men and women ready to take on the challenges of a global economy and succeed."--U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye

"Tony Wagner takes us deep inside the black box of school curriculum in a way few authors have done. What do we mean by rigor? By 21st century skills? Wagner shows us concretely what thinking skills really are, how current approaches to 'raising standards' cannot get us there, and what will. Everyone concerned with American education should read this book."--Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University "Tony Wagner has managed to penetrate the jargon and over-simplified responses to the pervasive underachievement that exists among our students. He has charted an important new direction and given us a way to get there. This book deserves to be powerfully influential."--Mel Levine


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"If you want to be on the leading edge of education in our new world, Tony Wagner's "The Global Achievement Gap" is a good place to start."
Howard Gardner, author of "Five Minds for the Future" and "Multiple Intelligences"
"In this persuasive book, Wagner delineates what skills are needed in a globalized era, why most American schools can't nurture them, and how today's schools could be transformed to cultivate tomorrow's skills."
Jay Mathews, "Washington Post"
"I consider this book more of an experience than a read...[Tony Wagner] is a likely leader for the new era."
"Educated Quest"
"If I had the money, I would buy a copy of this book for every governor, congressman and senator; this book presents a far better direction for education politics than the current thoughts from Washington..."The Global Achievement Gap" is well-reasoned and well-written...If you're a parent who is serious about your child's education and course content, buy this book and use the Survival Skills as your guide."
"Harvard Crimson"
"Wagner's book raises many important questions about both the state and purpose of secondary education in America."
"Education Review"
"Through Wagner's story-telling style, using cases and examples, we were impressed by his profound insight and his patience in sharing what he has realized."
Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director, National School Boards Association
"Every school board member, administrator, teacher and parent in the nation should read this book."
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
""The Global Achievement Gap" is a 'must' read for all policymakers."
Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University
"Tony Wagner takes us deep inside the black box of school curriculum in a way few authors have done. What do we mean by rigor? By 21st century skills? Wagner shows us concretely what thinking skills really are, how current approaches to 'raising standards' cannot get us there, and what will. Everyone concerned with American education should read this book."
Mel Levine, author
Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director, National School Boards Association
"Every school board member, administrator, teacher and parent in the nation should read this book."
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
"The Global Achievement Gap is a 'must' read for all policymakers."
Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University
"Tony Wagner takes us deep inside the black box of school curriculum in a way few authors have done. What do we mean by rigor? By 21st century skills? Wagner shows us concretely what thinking skills really are, how current approaches to 'raising standards' cannot get us there, and what will. Everyone concerned with American education should read this book."
Mel Levine, author of A Mind at a Time
"Tony Wagner has managed to penetrate the jargon and over-simplified responses to the pervasive underachievement that exists among our students. He has charted an important new direction and given us a way to get there. This book deserves to be powerfully influential."
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and author of America the Principled and
Confidence
"Tony Wagner argues persuasively that old ways of teaching are completely unsuited to new ways of working. The Global Achievement Gap should be grabbed by business leaders to guide a much-needed conversation with educators."
Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of Disrupting Class
"Parents, teachers, administrators and policy makers urgently need to understand what Wagner is telling us."
Dr. Richard C. Atkinson, President Emeritus, University of California
"Wagner builds a persuasive case for change in the way we approach schooling, grounded in the question: what does it mean to be an educated person in the 21st century?"
Larry Stupski, Chairman, Stupski Foundation
"Tony Wagner makes a strong case for rethinking our entire approach to education, and his argument is persuasive."
Charles Fadel, Global Lead for Education, Cisco
"This insightful book calls for a much needed dialogue between educators, business leaders and policy makers on the future of American education. By using many real-life examples, the book is a very readable starting point for that discussion."
John Abele, Founding Chairman, Boston Scientific, Board Chair, FIRST
"Kudos to Tony Wagner."

Howard Gardner, author of Five Minds for the Future and Multiple Intelligences
"In this persuasive book, Wagner delineates what skills are needed in a globalized era, why most American schools can't nurture them, and how today's schools could be transformed to cultivate tomorrow's skills."
Jay Mathews, Washington Post
"I consider this book more of an experience than a read...[Tony Wagner] is a likely leader for the new era."
Educated Quest
"If I had the money, I would buy a copy of this book for every governor, congressman and senator; this book presents a far better direction for education politics than the current thoughts from Washington...The Global Achievement Gap is well-reasoned and well-written...If you're a parent who is serious about your child's education and course content, buy this book and use the Survival Skills as your guide."
Harvard Crimson
"Wagner's book raises many important questions about both the state and purpose of secondary education in America."
Education Review
"Through Wagner's story-telling style, using cases and examples, we were impressed by his profound insight and his patience in sharing what he has realized."

Dr. Arthur E. Levine, President, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
"The Global Achievement Gap offers a simple, readable, intelligent and compelling analysis of the needs of our schools and the ways to address them."
Deborah Meier, author of The Power of Their Ideas
"It's always an occasion for delight when Tony Wagner writes a new book. He's done it again by provoking us to think about the reasons behind the current furor over school achievement."
Keith R. McFarland, Author of #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times Bestseller, The Breakthrough Company
"Tony Wagner is not just talking about our schools here--he is talking about the future our nation. The Global Achievement Gap cuts through the complexity and partisan posing so often associated with this genre. It is a powerful call to action, and a roadmap of how to fundamentally rethink the education of our children. If we ignore it, we do so at great peril."
Keith Sawyer, author of

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