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The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner

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Introduction

The formulation of the problem is often more important than the solution.

—EINSTEIN

Some Facts We Need to Face

              The high school graduation rate in the United States—which is about 70 percent of the age cohort—is now well behind that of countries such as Denmark (96 percent), Japan (93 percent), and even Poland (92 percent) and Italy (79 percent).1

              Only about a third of U.S. high school students graduate ready for college today, and the rates are much lower for poor and minority students. Forty percent of all students who enter college must take remedial courses.2 And while no hard data are readily available, it is estimated that one out of every two students who start college never complete any kind of ...

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