From two leading experts in education and entrepreneurship, an urgent call for the radical reimagining of American education so that we better equip students for the realities of the 21st-century economy.
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 need to thrive in the 21st century.
In Most Likely to Succeed, best-selling 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.
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. This audiobook offers parents and educators a crucial guide to getting the best for their children and a road map for policymakers and opinion leaders.
©2015 Tony Wagner, Ted Dintersmith (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
This book will definitely be on my retread list! I
There are so many parts that I must go back to listen to again, as I want to incorporate them into my reimagining my daily work with educators. Undoubtedly, my work as an educational leader will be impacted for the better by having read this book! I'm fearful, yet elated for the change that I hope to have on others working with our children. There is truly promise and significant substance contained in the pages of this book. Thank you, Dr. Tony & Dr. Ted!
Most Likely to Succeed put into words what I know to be true. This book captures the heart of my educational philosophy I wrote 15 years ago in my first teacher prep course. For so long, that philosophy has felt more like a longing, a dream because it certainly hasn't been a reality. But...I believe I will see a time when children will create and learn in school and a time where learning is valued more than compliance. Thank you for this book of inspiration!
The authors fall prey to the fundamental error of prescriptive writing: thinking that the idyllic vision they articulate is the product of their ideas, rather than the fact that it's they who get to paint the picture. At one point they even list some of the same features of a foreign language class--students collaboratively making skits in the language--first as features of the vapid and uninspired school systems we have now, and later as features of the inspired, dynamic, real world approach they think will save education. If they understand that it takes much more than snide remarks to distinguish valuable ideas from irrelevant or damaging ones, they don't show it.
Along the way, they do articulate some specific pieces of their vision that I think have merit: putting collaboration at the center of every single course, letting students articulate learning goals and forming personalized curriculum towards that, using Socratic debate to investigate thorny subjects instead of testing students on them.
If only they had the humility and patience to match their passion to a meaningful investigation of the merit of their proposals, and the complexities of the challenge of producing intellectually powerful and capable graduates!
As a school superintendent in New Jersey I feel the sense of urgency to change our system of education or compromise the futures of our children as portrayed in book. We need to create an education system geared towards our students' futures not our past....
A must read for anyone who cares about public education and our future.
Great read and narration. Made my car trip to Florida fly by...
This book does a great job of revealing the failures of standardized testing and the education system that supports it. It is not as helpful for suggesting alternatives/solutions. Overall, it was worth listening to, but by the end it felt a little lacking in substance.
Excellently researched, written and communicated treatise on education transformation - why we desperately need it and how to change it. NOW !
The authors shared an opinionated look into the problems facing America while repeated taking periodic swipes an republican policies. It is worth reading, but their bias was clear. It was particularly interesting to hear them challenge education to create students who can think for themselves, then criticize society for not falling in line with the experts in accepting man made global warming because most scientists be leave in it. (Btw, this may or may not be true, but after writing a book challenging not to rely on the experts, they contradict themselves and call us dummies for not believing these "experts").
Meandering and biased, but with good points.
Tony Wagner has a unique ability to weave in statistics into the story. It is an intriguing book with a call to action for everyone to make a difference.
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