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The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner

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CHAPTER 4

Reinventing the Education Profession

LET’S SAY YOUR name is Greg, and you are a high school principal who also teaches a social studies class. You are part of a talented, veteran team of school and district leaders from a very good suburban public school district who have come to Harvard for an intensive, three-day executive education program. Walking from your hotel through the brick and ivy Cambridge campus in the cool, crisp fall air, you are both nervous and excited. Laughing, you say to yourself, “Well, I finally made it to Harvard!” You and your colleagues find the seminar room, where a dozen or so other teams similar to yours are taking their seats at round tables.

The instructor—whose name is Tony Wagner—asks the members of ...

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