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Most Likely to Succeed Audiobook

Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the New Innovation Era

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©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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    Kristin 03-19-16
    Kristin 03-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    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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    Melissa Emler 01-15-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    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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    Andy 10-15-17
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    "Profoundly sobering and inspiring"

    Anyone who finishes this book and remains unconvinced that everything must change in our approach to teaching our kids, then well, you must be brain dead.

    This is also a brilliant summary of how we got here and the bureaucratic momentum we have to overcome.

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    Amazon Customer PARK RIDGE, IL, United States 09-03-17
    Amazon Customer PARK RIDGE, IL, United States 09-03-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Education Process Needs Serious Makeover"

    As a highly educated professional with a doctorate in clinical health psychology and parent who invested in sending two children to Ohio State and the University of Alabama, I'm strongly endorsing Tony & Teds passionate plea to transform how we educate and prepare our kids for success in the innovation age.

    We need to cultivate curiosity and creative participation to spark young minds to passionately learn and apply their insights in a manner they feel makes an impact. The authors promote a bold vision that is deeply necessary. However, it will require courageous parents, educators and students to persistently advocate to reform the rigid status quo.

    This groundbreaking book will serve as fuel to spark revolutionary change to an outdated industry that no longer serves our children in a rapidly transforming world. Education needs and deep and profound makeover!

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    Meridian School 08-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    Loved it except, once again, the narrator and his stupid voices he makes for people he is quoting. I will not be able to listen to another book read by Mr. Graham again--unless he quits the voice thing.

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    "An eye opener"

    I loved the book, the narrator gave me reason to go back to the book because he reads so well

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    "Must read/listen!"

    If you're concerned about education, this should rank high on your list. This book uncovers the reality of the testing industry. Yet, it also provides a practical path forward for those who seek to transform educational opportunities for kids.

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