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The Global Achievement Gap: Why America’s Students Are Falling Behind
“Will my child get into a good college?” is a question that keeps high-school parents up at night. But in our new global economy, getting a degree is no longer enough to guarantee success. Now parents must also ask themselves, “Which skills will my child need to get a good job after college?” Thanks to growing competition from around the world, students must work harder than ever to stand out from the crowd.
The good news is that someone has compiled a list of twenty-first century skills that companies look for when hiring. For his book The Global Achievement Gap, Tony Wagner interviewed scores of business leaders and discovered seven key abilities that modern employers prize. The bad news is that our schools are outdated – they don’t teach these skills. In a world that runs on innovation and curiosity, our schools still teach to standardized tests. They emphasize memorization and compliance in an era where data is only a smart phone away and today’s cutting edge is tomorrow’s ancient history.
Cindy Donaldson, BS Mathematics, taught Math, Business, and Computer Science at Menlo-Atherton High School for seven years. She has also worked as a tutor for SAT and SAT II test preparation. She is the mother of two young daughters.
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