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Many students tell me they have to cheat in order to score better so they can get into a better college etc They view cheating as a means to an end and don t view it as necessarily being dishonest Read this book to see the true purpose of assessment and how we can make it meaningful and helpful And read this book to learn how we can collaborate to create true change The authors provide examples from schools that are preparing our students for the future This This book is a MUST READ for literally every single person in this country ages 14 and upWe need to shift gears regarding our educational system I have often wondered why so many children do so well in elementary school and then when entering middle school struggle so much and seem to lose interest This book will help answer these uestions and so many Its time we step up to the plate and actually teach our children how to succeed in society and not just how to cram to take tests We need meaningful curriculum teaching skills that will create a population of critical thinkers and innovators This interview with Sean Carroll is a uintessential example of something this book discusses in detail namely the failure to prioritize pedagogy in academic circles especially when it comes to granting academic tenure at prestigious universities A Personal Narrative Another perspective on the whole debacle a furious testament to the absurdity of modern academia The erratic peer driven research focused process of granting tenure at selective US universities is unuestionably injuring us I am glad that the wonderful Sean Carroll found his way to Caltech In May 2005 I was informed that I had been denied tenure This came as a complete shock in part because I had been given no warning that any trouble was brewing I will never now precisely what was said at the relevant faculty meetings and the explanations I received from different colleagues were notable mostly for the lack of any consistent narrative But one thing that came through clearly was that my interest in doing things other than research had counted substantially against me I was told that I came across as interested in writing textbooks and that perhaps I would be happier at a university that placed a greater emphasis on pedagogy I have a lot to say about education in particular education in America Too much to formulate as of now But the current system of tenure granting at selective colleges is a tremendous affront to the true purpose of collegiate studies which at one point was to teach students Now I Offshore know not what Man I don t evennow where to start with this oneI went to graduate school almost 17 years ago initially where I earned my MEd in Secondary Education This was a vocational degree I studied the craft of teaching and practiced in a classroom for a year before becoming a full time teacher a job which I have held ever since Four years into my career I entered into a doctoral program and began to study among other things the philosophy of education I had some excellent professors and I learned a great deal about schooling in America I can t honestly say I am an expert on schools and education but I think I am reasonably well informed about issues related to educationThis book is the newest and most cutting edge thinking about education and it makes me feel like a complete dinosaur The authors uite convincingly lay out the case that how we are educating young people today is completely wrong Instead of fostering a generation of creative problem solvers who can communicate effectively collaborate productively and communicate both clearly and compellingly as well as think critically we are running our Five Brave Explorers kids through a credentialing wringer then wondering why they are turning out so dumb Basically these authors are arguing thatnowing things is not as important as demonstrating that you can do something with what you Betrayal Lady Grace Mysteries know Knowledge they argue is ubiuitous now I can just look things up if I don tnow them What I do with nowledge how I synthesize it and apply it and creatively reconstruct it into new formsthat s what we need to be teaching Kids will be intrinsically motivated to learn if their learning is connected to things they are passionate about and that have real world applications If this sounds like common sense to you I ask you to reflect on your own schooling experiences Did you have a Genius Hour like Google does where it lets its employees spend 20% of their time pursuing their interests Did you create a digital portfolio highlighting that things you created then use that portfolio as a way to impress an employer or to seek entrance into a college No Did you take a standardize test like MCAS or PARRC Did you take an AP classes The SATs Did you major in something According to the authors of this book you wasted your timeI am not going to recreate their arguments here Suffice it to say that I am startled by how different this all is from what I was trained to do and how I was taught myself If the goal is to no longer develop nowledge workers because Under the KnifeWhistleblower knowledge is so readily available why are we spending 13 years of elementary and secondary schooling teachingids facts figures formulas and foreign languages Should we teach them basic skills and content then turn them lose to solve real world problems To work collaboratively with others to create actual things of value This book has given me a tremendous amount to think about I have uestions than answers I also literally cannot imagine how any of this would apply to the difficult public school where I work None the less much to ponder Not a review just notesSmoothly and compellingly written though I do not agree with everything asserted by Wagner and Dintersmith I absolutely love the dedication to America s teachersWe will see however that most lecture based courses contribute nothing to real learning Conseuential and retained learning comes to a very large extent from applying War for Eternity knowledge to new situations or problems research on uestions and issues that students consider important peer interaction activities and projects Experiences rather than short term memorization help students develop the skills and motivation that transforms lives p 7 8What is the purpose of education adults need to be able to ask great uestions critically analyze information form independent opinions collaborate and communicate effectively p20We were talking about this stuff than 10 years ago when I still worked in public education Testing all the time punishes teachers and torturesids cuts back on the amount of time that could be spent actually learning somethingI was a champion standardized test taker I was a genius at filling in those little bubbles topping out at 129 in early elementary school Doesn t mean I understood anything going on around menot what you What Makes a Marriage Last know but what you can do with what younow p27I agree that communities should have flexibility in developing local Goals And Culture And Teachers and culture and teachers absolutely be able to use their creativity and judgement in deciding how to teach and how much time to spend on each skill and topic They need be able to be responsive to the needs talents and interests of the students in their classes But there should be some general agreement across communities as to what we re teaching and why There needs to be overlap so we can Be A Cohesive Nation With a cohesive nation with common base and vocabulary from which to proceed into the future As we can see from current politics and news viewing when we start from from different Gaged citizens and to get good jobs in our rapidly evolving economy Our school system was engineered a century ago to produce a work force for a world that no longer exists Alarmingly our methods of schooling crush the creativity and initiative young people need to thrive in the twenty first centuryIn Most Likely to Succeed bestselling author and education expert Tony Wagner and venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith call for a complete overhaul of the function and focus of America. .
Ealities with different facts it is almost impossible to have a sane conversation and work togetherWe believe that the starting point for taking on the fundamental uestion of What is the purpose of education is that education needs to help our youth discover their passions and purpose in life develop the critical skills needed to be successful in pursuing their goals be inspired on a daily basis to do their very best and be active and informed citizens Without this foundation schools will continue to fall short p44It s a rare five year old that doesn t demonstrate real joy for things in his or her life Our preschool Ryan's PlaceSean's Reckoning kids are full of passion curiosity and exploration But it s a rare high school senior who demonstrates any joy for something related to his or he education p46News sources today are driven not by civic responsibility to report the news accurately but the need to build an audience Every citizen selects and controls the news he or she receives and we all gravitate toward comfortable predictable sources that reflect our own beliefsp67Things to look forHow slide rules won a war by Alex GreenThe Finland PhenomenonGeorge Land s NASA Creativity TestWolfram s TED talk Teaching Kids Real Math with ComputersWe re losing our minds Rethinking American Higher Education HershCollege Work Readiness AssessmentConcepTestsNH competency based approach to high school diplomaNY Performance Standards Consortium merit badge approachwwwlikelytosucceedorgsparklistorgWhile advanced math may be needed for admission to college it is not the math reuired for students to succeed in college p93Math resources for complex operations that you can download to your phoneWolfram AlphaMATLABCalcacomputer basedmathorgLearning how to compute integrals by hand is of no use without learning how or when to apply them p96If college admissions officers are going to encourageids to take the same AP math class why not statistics Almost every career whether in business nonprofits academics law or medicine benefits from proficiency in statistics Being an informed responsible citizen reuires a sound The Book of ueer Prophets 21 Writers on Sexuality and Religion knowledge of statistics as politicians reporters and bloggers all rely on data to justify positions p98Today whenids have ready access to an enormous range of written material we should encourage them to be great readers by devouring everything they can that s aligned with their passion whether it s nature sports or Harry Potter p117 our issue with education isn t the uantity of time students devote to their development it s how they are impelled to spend boatloads of time on school related activities that lead to no real learning p154Many graduate college with no basic skills such as being able to write well enough to satisfy their employers p157What does it mean to be an educated adult in the twenty first century What are the core competencies that matter most for work learning and citizenship today And how are these skills different from what students needed a century ago p223What matter is what you can do with what you Ned’s Circus of Marvels (Ned’s Circus of Marvels, Book 1) know Grit perseverance self discipline critical thinking communication collaboration problem solving It s a strange sensation a sort of cognitive dissonance almost to read a book and agree wholeheartedly with the author s basic claim that the way to improve education is to focus less on temporary rote memorization of discipline specific content and on transferable skills like critical thinking communication collaboration and creative problem solving and yet be so viscerally irritated by so many of the individual points Maybe it s the tone which isind of smug and superior At one point the authors write If we ran our economy the way we run our education system our GDP would be lower than Haiti s In the margin I wrote If we ran our schools the way we run our economy we probably would have screwed up the entire global education system a few years ago Maybe it s that one the authors is one of those billionaire philanthropists from the tech world a category of dilettantes who ve been meddling in schools with no positive effect for decades Alsoyeah we Contrarian Investment Strategy: the psychology of stock market success know these are good ideas but you re not the first to propose them Now try going up against government bureaucrats who are willing to let all the schools burn with the littleiddies inside so long as they can break the teacher unionsStill they re largely right They re right about how the focus needs to be on learning rather than results on artificial standardized assessments They re right that we need to artificial standardized assessments They re right that we need to teachers and get rid of draconian accountability results on artificial standardized assessments They re right that we need to trust teachers and get rid of draconian accountability They re right in their heroic takedown of high school math curricula when they write Drilling on factoring polynomial euations gets you good at one thing factoring polynomial euations I mean honestly at the school level it seems like the totality of the math department s contribution to discussions about educational innovation is proclaiming That won t work in math Math is different They re right about schools subservience to the testing and textbook industries They re right about the lack of validity of rankings for elite colleges on that in the next paragraph Hell they re even right about their snarky Bicycle School metaphor which they impressively commit to for a good five or six pages I like their ultimate version of what schools could look like even what teacher training could look like It s bold It s smart They just need to bring in the best minds from the field of education rather than just business management finance or technology to make it happenThere s other stuff in the delivery that bugs me too While they rightfully criticize the world s obsession with college rankings and elite schools they later imply that the solution to ineffective teacher training might be to Rules of Ascension kill off all the education programs that aren t at elite schools like Finland or whatever did I guess we just want teachers who were born rich then OK Climbing out of that logical hole I also don t love how they other portray other parts of the world I mean Scandinavia of course is great but Asia At one point they write We compete against nations that take test prep forids so seriously that teen suicides are rampant A That s racist B Post hoc ergo propter hoc And later Let Singapore Shanghai and South Korea drill the hell out of their 麻杆和大奶 kids and deal with off the chart dysfunction and the workforce of robotic clones that ensues Look I m eually bored with sweeping generalizations about the superiority of Asians this is still racist All in all despite a tremendous attitude problem the book is on the right side of education reform in the United States I just wish Wagner and Dintersmith came off as heroes than antiheroes in their uest for reform The book is really alarming and seems to be all too true Our education system is about 75% worthless according to the premise and I certainly can t dispute it What a waste of all the hard work being done much like gerbils running on a treadmill rather than students actually learning I do have trouble seeing how things can really change for the better due to the entrenched positions of educators and lobbying by advocates of testing SATs college admissions and long held beliefs even when they seem to be wrong It is as discouraging as politics where it is also hard to see how real constructive change can occurBut I love the concept ofids learning modern skills of critical thinking communication asking uestions and collaborative problem solving Just hope we can somehow get thereGood job Te. N 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 book offers parents and educators a crucial guide to getting the best for their children and a roadmap for policymakers and opinion leade. ,
There were many aspects of this book that really hit home with me The chapter detailing the math skills students will need in real life contrasted with what they are expected to learn in school was especially interesting However the book spent too much time puffing itself up about the greatness of American innovation and how education needed to change for the sake of job security and national pride The authors spoke about intrinsic motivation but in the I listened to this Toward the end I started to fast forward as it was a lot of the same Also this was geared toward high school and I teach elementary This was interesting although I disagree with one of the central premises 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 This sounds to me like the myth debunked in Why Good People Can t Get Jobs see full review elsewhereTo recap then the hardest to fill jobs appear to be those that often reuire the least skills employers are freuently unwilling to offer the wages necessary to attract the skill set they seek nowledge is evanescent and experience freuently as hard to attain as King Arthur s magic sword and would be employees are wary of uprooting themselves and their families for increasingly short term job security 39Re the myth of US school underperformance OECD shows US students about in the middle of industrial economies It is true that we used to be higher up but our relative fall is largely representative of other countries catching up especially those in Asia where until recent decades economies and levels of public spending were modest Meanwhile there is no evidence of any absolute decline in US scores or even of a sharp decline relative to other countries 47But aside from that faulty premise the point that it might be better for American education to be different promote deeper learning and critical thinking etc is an interesting oneMath courses could ask students to engage with real problems that reuire real mathematical thinking developing and defending estimates of world population in 2100 for example In history students could use primary documents to answer uestions such as Why did the Gulf of Tonkin resolution achieve such strong support and should that have informed decisions in 2002 126 Stanford s Reading Like a Historian Or students might start the year with a big uestion like What does it mean to be an American 138In terms of foreign language learning technology offers polylingualityinstant translation and Guido Sarducci s Five Minute University teaches what students remember five years after college graduation Como esta usted Muy bien The best way to learn language if one wants to is to use the Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures method of speaking to learnThey cite Academically Adrift Arum and Roksa observed no statistically significant gains in critical thinking complex reasoning and writing skills for at least 45 percent of the students in their first two years of college and for 36 percent of students across all four years of college Overall gains across all students were a scant 7 percent in the first two years and only slightly higher for those completing their graduation reuirements In terms of general analytical competencies assessed large numbers of US college students can be accurately described as academically adrift They might graduate but they are failing to develop the higher order cognitive skills that it is widely assumed college students should master 157 Along with many other horrifying figures nor do they mention the substantial critiues of Arum Roksa s work They suggest alternate means of measuring college performance 165wwwlikelytosucceedorgthesparklistorgThe recommend the usual suspects innovation project based learning ualified teachers different goals yet without ever addressing the political contexts within which education operates the agendas of those who fund and defund it and the possibility that schools are indeed working extraordinarly well to do precisely what they are intended to do in the United States preserve the illusion that those who don t have don t deserve Wagner had me at hello with his book Creating Innovators When I attended his eynote presentation at a conference I counted myself fortunate indeed This book continues with the same ideas but he also touches upon new topics While reading "this book i shouted many amens and fist " book I shouted many AMENS and fist and smiled and moaned and said things to myself such as that s exactly what I ve been saying for years For example I railed against Accelerated Reader years ago when It Was First Introduced was first introduced spoke with my children s elementary school teachers about the ills of this program I didn t get far but I voiced my concerns for sure and I refused to use it my high school classroom Thank you Mr Wagner for validating my opinion Recently my school district embraced Expeditionary Learning as the next great thing for our students The concept of EL is good but why do we need this if we are teaching as we should I m tired of companies creating programs for schools that we don t need but which we blindly purchase because we are in the bandaid mode of fixing what is wrong with education Let s do something radical Let s really make our schools better Let s really use authentic audiences Let s really teach our students to have grit and perseverance and let s really make our courses rigorous Let s teach students for real that failure is a good thing I don t want to hear the excuse that we have to teach to the test That s an excuse it really is We can teach students to THINK and to SOLVE and to CREATE and to ANALYZE and to COLLABORATE and to make CONNECTIONS It s going to be exhausting for teachers and we will have to clearly explain to parents students the school board and our communities what we are doing and that it will look messy at first and we will fail at first because failure leads to success It s time for us to stop following the curriculum that was created by 10 college professors over 100 years ago This book provides enough practical examples and ideas for us to use and the authors ideas are all backed by evidence and facts The authors dissect each contentsubject area and provide specific lessons for how to improve student assignments so that student learning is meaningful Let s do than give lip service to so that student learning is meaningful Let s do than give lip service to words rigor grit creativity and critical thinking We all lament when we return an assignment to a student and all she does is look at the grade and not the many comments we made And worse the assignment gets thrown away because the student will not be using it again Let s change our school culture so students look forward to how they can improve upon their learning and take onus for their individual learningRead this book and be amazed at how colleges receive high rankings I guarantee you won t look at higher ed rankings the same way ever again and you will think deeply about college degrees and their purpose Read this book and you will learn how academic credentials create a hierarchy not unlike a caste system in our country I listen to teachers at my school compare what colleges they attended and how someone is a better teacher than another simply because of the name of their alma mater Read this book to learn what the true purpose of education is and how our worship of competition instead of collaboration is undermining our children s future I ve had too. From two leading experts in education and entrepreneurship an urgent call for the radical re imagining of American education so that we better euip students for the realities of the twenty first century economyToday 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 en.

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