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Most Likely to Succeed
Preparing Our Kids for the New Innovation Era
The basis for a major documentary, two leading experts sound an urgent call for the radical reimagining of American education so we can equip students for the realities of the twenty-first-century...
The basis for a major documentary, two leading experts sound an urgent call for the radical reimagining of American education so we can equip students for the realities of the twenty-first-century...
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  • The basis for a major documentary, two leading experts sound an urgent call for the radical reimagining of American education so we can equip students for the realities of the twenty-first-century economy. "If you read one book about education this decade, make it this one" (Adam Braun, bestselling author and founder of Pencils of Promise).
    Today more than ever, we prize academic achievement, pressuring our children to get into the "right" colleges, have the highest GPAs, and pursue advanced degrees. But while students may graduate with credentials, by and large they lack the competencies needed to be thoughtful, engaged citizens and to get good jobs in our rapidly evolving economy. Our school system was engineered a century ago to produce a workforce for a world that no longer exists. Alarmingly, our methods of schooling crush the creativity and initiative young people really need to thrive in the twenty-first century.

    Now bestselling author and education expert Tony Wagner and venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith call for a complete overhaul of the function and focus of American schools, sharing insights and stories from the front lines, including profiles of successful students, teachers, parents, and business leaders. Their powerful, urgent message identifies the growing gap between credentials and competence—and offers a framework for change.

    Most Likely to Succeed presents a new vision of American education, one that puts wonder, creativity, and initiative at the very heart of the learning process and prepares students for today's economy. "In this excellent book...Wagner and Dintersmith argue...that success and happiness will depend increasingly on having the ability to innovate" (Chicago Tribune), and this crucial guide offers policymakers and opinion leaders a roadmap for getting the best for our future entrepreneurs.

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  • Tony Wagner currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab. Previously he has worked as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. Tony is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and the author of Creating Innovators and The Global Achievement Gap.

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  • Library Journal

    July 1, 2015

    Wagner (expert in residence, Harvard Univ.'s Innovation Lab; Creating Innovators) and Dintersmith (partner emeritus, Charles River Ventures) outline a convincing agenda for fixing education. They contend that the pedagogy at the heart of instruction is based on outdated philosophies of the Industrial Revolution. Transforming education today, they say, will require approaches better suited for the 21st-century's innovation-driven economy. Comparing and contrasting old and possible new approaches in all the content areas, the authors make a strong case for how student-driven inquiry methods can empower learners with critical skills. Extensive critiques on the failings of testing conventions also embolden the author's claims. Making their case for transformation takes up the majority of the text, but the concluding chapters offer concrete ideas of what teachers and communities can do to improve their schools. Even though the visions outlined here are not entirely new, having been described somewhat in the authors' additional works and also by other scholars, this text offers a well-articulated argument that will be accessible and convincing to many. VERDICT For anyone interested in ways to engage with ideas that can lead to fundamental and lasting change for schooling in the modern age.--Rachel Wadham, Brigham Young Univ. Libs., Provo, UT

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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