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Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era Paperback – August 16, 2016
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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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"Bracing, revelatory, and always backed up with hard facts, Most Likely to Succeed should top the reading list for any teacher, parent, citizen, or high school or college student. Wagner and Dintersmith's incisive prose slices through the politics to show—without pointing fingers—how schools can refocus to prepare our children for the jobs of the future." -- Laszlo Bock, SVP of People at Google and author of WORK RULES!
"This is an urgently needed and inspiring book, with two authors who have the first-hand experience to blueprint a bridge from the schools we have to the future we need." -- Anya Kamenetz, author of THE TEST and DIY U
“A searing and urgent indictment of the damaging priorities of American education and a fully grounded, practical vision of how to re-imagine it for the world we live in now. In plain language, Ted Dintersmith and Tony Wagner tell it like it is and how it really must be if America’s students, economy and civil democracy are to survive and flourish in the 21st century. A compelling and important book.” -- Sir Ken Robinson PhD, author of "Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education"
"If you read one book about education this decade, make it this one. I couldn't put it down, and neither will you." -- Adam Braun, "New York Times" bestselling author and Founder of Pencils of Promise
“Wagner and Dintersmith cut through the noise to demonstrate how our education system must move from a myopic focus on high-stakes testing to an emphasis on preparing students more holistically for life, career, college and citizenship. They call for systemic changes to ensure that teachers have the time, tools and trust they need to empower kids with a passion for learning and to teach the critical skills students will need in the 21st century economy.” -- Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
About the Author
Ted Dintersmith is a partner emeritus with Charles River Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm. Ted has twenty-five years of venture experience, focusing on software, information services, direct- and web-based marketing, and publishing companies. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Publisher : Scribner; Reprint edition (August 16, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501104322
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501104329
- Item Weight : 8.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #160,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author calls for more innovation, creativity, and tapping into a student’s natural curiosity to promote deeper and more meaningful learning. Innovation, problem solving skills, and creativity are higher level skills that are more difficult to assess on a large scale—they take a lot of time to grade and they require input from a group and ongoing assessment of growth.
The author promotes not mastery of concepts, but rather measuring student growth over a set time period. The author is not a fan of SAT, ACT, or even AP (college board) exams and shows how these companies have promoted cultures of “teaching to the test” rather than teaching subjects as they are used in the real world (integrated, full of peer collaboration, and open to any available resource to arrive at innovative solutions).
Our schools are outdated models based on the skills factory workers needed during the industrial revolution—in order to stay ahead, we need to empower our students with exposure to innovation and collaboration and we need to foster 21st century skills in the classroom.
Excellent book, highly recommend!
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I was privileged to be a part of the special screening of the movie with the same title and a message from Ted Dintersmith. The book, if used as an academic extension for the school research, can be a valuable ally in overcoming the current challenges of the school and college system.
The topics under each academic subject, from Maths to Social studies is very well defined. I found the topic of High Education, not very relevant, but that may be because I am primary attached to the school.
Over all a great book. I felt this was just the right book for me at this stage of my school academic career. 5 stars for sure.