09 October 2008

What Skills Do We Need for the 21st Century?

The My Wonderful World blog recently reported on the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' findings that geographic skills are necessary for American students to be successful in a global market. What does this mean for those of us in the classrooms? Imagine the day when geography skills are given the same importance as those of math and science. Imagine spending entire faculty meetings discussing geography test scores rather than math and science scores! Wait...not that one.

Seriously, though, geography, properly taught, integrates all of the traditionally valued skills in school while preparing for the global marketplace. Let's hope the next incarnation of education reform includes geography!