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The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner

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CHAPTER 2

The Old World of School

I REMEMBER THE first time I began to realize that there might be a second hidden “achievement gap”—or what I’ve to come to call a global achievement gap—between what our more academically able students are being taught versus what they will need to succeed in today’s world. I was accompanying a group of program officers from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on visits to several “early colleges” funded by the Foundation (programs that combine high school and community college courses so that students can get college credit while still in high school). They wanted some assistance in determining what “rigor” should look like in classrooms and in assessing the progress their grantees were making as they strived ...

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