The Global Achievement Gap

Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills our Children Need - and What We Can Do About it
Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Philosophy
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Education expert Tony Wagner situates our school problems in the context of the global knowledge economy and analyzes the skills necessary for our young people to succeed.

©2010 Tony Wagner (P)2011 Tantor

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"This book deserves to be powerfully influential." (Mel Levine)

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made obsolete by 'MostLikelyToSucceed'-still great

if you can read all three.
read this book first
then Creating Innovators
and then Most Likely to Succeed

if you plan on reading only one or two. then "Most likely to Succeed" is the best choice. and creating innovators should come next.

that is not to knock this work. this book contains years of research and expertise and brilliant solutions to our educational impasse

making school spiritually fulfilling and academically rewarding is not only possible and desirable but absolutely necessary for the 21st century

a 21st century world needs to raise children who will be crtical thinkers, expert communicators, skilled collaborators, and innovative creators

we cannot rely on a 20th education for 21st century succees

anyone who wants to change the world for the better must read tony wagner. his ideas are absolutely vital.

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Great content- poorly read on audible.

This is a great book and every parent, teacher, and administrator should read it. I must admit though I was distracted by the narrator. The voice is unbearably monotone. I legitimately think they have a robot who read this. Otherwise great book and rich content.

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Outstanding work

The book touches the jugular vein of the educational system based on American standards. However, solutions are urgent, and without partisanship. Best book since Joe L. Kincheloe's books.

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Who hired this guy that is narrating this?

The narrator is horrible. As a person that uses audio books as an accommodation to access these books as quickly as others. But this audio book narration is the worst! It sounds like a robot is reading it. Pauses in weird spots and emphasis in weird parts as well.

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A must read

This book addresses an important issue, not relevant just for the US Educational system but also for many in other countries.

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Better for Parents than Educators

As an educator, I found this book to be old news. If you are a parent, it might help to explain why the Common Core was founded and why education needs to change in order for your child to be productive in the future. I think it does a good job of explaining why the changes are needed and I think everyone who is against the Common Core really should read it.

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Why Can't Our Best Schools Train a Fluent Narrator

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have tried to listen to this book because the topic, research and assertions really interest me. However, the robotic narration makes it very difficult to tolerate.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Costanzo?

L.J. Ganser, who narrated Class Warfare did a much better job.

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Let's do it!

This is a must read for all who interested in preparing our youth for tomorrow. Such is not a right, but our responsibility.