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

By Tony Wagner

“In this persuasive e-book, Wagner delineates what abilities are wanted in a globalized period, why such a lot American faculties can't nurture them, and the way today's faculties should be reworked to domesticate tomorrow's skills."—Howard Gardner

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