20 November 2008

More Evidence for 21st Century Skills

Today's Boston Globe has more evidence supporting the idea that students need different kinds of skills for today's workplace. Teaching Students 21st Century Skills shows yet again, that today's workplace skills are beyond reading, writing and arithmetic.
"Mastering those skills means learning how to think critically and creatively, work collaboratively, use the Internet to do research, and communicate clearly and effectively. Students also need to be responsible and accountable, to be up on the news, and to have a workable knowledge of economics and business."
So much of what we do in tested content areas encourages rote memorization, that I fear we are losing sight of the needs for these skills. We need to adapt our teaching to address these needs.