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Making the Grade: Reinventing America's Schools

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Dramatically reframing the debate on education in America, Making the Grade shows why today's test-driven reforms will fail and points the way toward a system that benefits all students.
Paperback, 164 pages
Published February 21st 2003 by Falmer Press (first published October 28th 2001)
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Jacob
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether you agree with Wagner's ideas or not, it is undeniably a thought-provoking book with plenty of relevancy despite being published 11 years ago.

I like the holistic approach he espouses (cross curriculum teaching, community service, "apprenticeships") and divorce of sports from school. I also partially agree with his focus on relating school to the "real world", however I think he places an over-emphasis on work place knowledge that can lead to some of the very rigidity he correctly identi
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Gary
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is, unfortunately, outdated. Solutions recommended by the author have been proven not to work. The smaller schools program initiated by the Gates foundation was a flop, research has shown that--unless between 13-17 students--class size doesn't matter, and whole-language reading instruction has fallen to science-based reading instruction--except for the 5% who may need whole-language. These are just a few examples. That said, some of the author's recommendations stand, and the author do ...more
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Tony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade.

Tony consults widely to schools, districts, and foundations around the country and internationally. His previo
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