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The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner

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CHAPTER 1

The New World of Work and the Seven Survival Skills

Initial Encounters with New World “Natives”

In April 2006, I was on my way to give a speech at an educators’ conference outside of Minneapolis. On my flight, I happened to sit next to Clay Parker, the president of the Chemical Management Division of BOC Edwards—a company that, among other things, makes the machines and supplies the chemicals for the manufacture of microelectronics devices, including silicon semiconductors and flat-panel displays. It turned out that he had three children and was deeply interested in education issues. I also found out that, as CEO, he chooses to be very involved in his company’s hiring of new employees. For the last few years, I’d been reading about ...

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