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The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner

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Conclusion

A Few Answers—and More Questions

IN THE OFTEN ideologically driven debates about education, it is easy to lose sight of what matters most—which is what happens between students and teachers in real classrooms every day. I’ve taken you into a large number of classrooms in this book so that you can better understand what our children actually experience in public schools—both good and bad—as a way to keep the discussion grounded. National and state policy issues such as school accountability and educator certification requirements, and districts’ curricula and professional development, evaluation, and tenure policies for teachers—all of these must be considered in terms of whether they support or impede effective teaching and learning. ...

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