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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

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the most important book you may read in your life!

critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity

the 4 C's that will make children thrive in the innovation age

education needs to be fun and engaging. it needs to allow people to discover and explore.

please read this book. advocating for better education is the nations and the planets number 1 concern. if we change the way we do education we can save the world.

also this book was very funny and witty.

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Life changing read...

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!

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Brilliant

I had seen this title but avoided it for some time thinking it would be too US focused. It turned out to be one of the best, most useful books I have listened to. Inspiring and practical. (Australian Principal)

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Can't wait to share!

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!

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So very good

An inspirational and motivational work. Parents and educators (and especially legislators) pay attention.

It confirmed many of the things I do in my teaching and it gave me new ideas and hope.

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Important book for parents and educators.

Strongly recommended reading for educators and parents with kids in school, especially in the USA. My own professional career validates the message of this book - that our antiquated education system has become too focused on testing and covering content as opposed to producing creative problem solvers equipped with skills to function in a world totally different than 100 years ago.

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  • 10-07-15

Enlightening

Simply, knowledge is a commodity. Before, it was "just in time inventory"; we're now entering age of "just in time information". College is not required; instead Internet is required.

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Had a hard time putting it down

I found this book very troubling as it presented some serious issues with our education system today, also I found that it didn’t give a ton of time spent towards what teachers can do to improve their practices or people to improve their communities I’m assuming that’s what the next book creative and innovators is for

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Long on Analysis Short on Solutions

A very good analysis of the craziness of education but at the end of the day it will still be a race and those who are lucky and take advantage of their privilege will be a head.

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Every Educator Should Read

A game changing book that sets the table for so many other innovators within the education space. I cannot wait to read Ted's new book on education in April 2018. I will read anything these authors put out there on the subject of education. Amazing!

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  • Georgie Girl
  • 02-19-18

Everyone should read this.

A must for anyone with the ability to listen. A comprehensive book covering all aspects of education, past, present and future. With inspiring, easy to understand and eye opening content, fully researched, collated and beautifully narrated, I am U.K based, but this is just as relevant here. The time to change is now.

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  • Ronn
  • 07-05-17

Good but repetitive

Agree with the general gist and great distillation of the purpose of education. Could be shorter.