Our country’s global economic success in the future depends on K-20 graduates honing their “21st Century Skills.” Today’s tech-savvy generation has no shortage of user-friendly devices…and they know how to use them. But are they putting these tech skills to good use? You’ve heard of the 3Rs, but what about the 5Cs such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, communications, collaboration and cross-cultural relationship building?
Beginning in 2012, “tech literacy” will be added to our Nation’s Report Card. This means student proficiency in the application of technology will be measured for the first time. It isn’t just layering technology over traditional core competencies, though. It’s about totally integrating the two for success in an increasingly competitive world.
In preparation for the coming technology assessment, educational leaders are seeing heightened pressure to provide hard data on how well their students are progressing, how effective their teachers are, and how technology instruction is helping students solve real-world problems.
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If someone told you that kids need to think critically and creatively, be technologically savvy and work well with others, you’d nod in agreement, right?
At least 10 states have committed to helping students develop these “21st-century skills” in schools, the workplace and beyond. Most recently, officials in Massachusetts committed to working with the Arizona-based Partnership for 21st Century Skills, or P21, the movement’s main advocacy group.
But a small group of outspoken education scholars is challenging that assumption, saying the push for 21st-century skills is taking a dangerous bite out of precious classroom time that could be better spent learning deep, essential content. For the first time since the P21 push began seven years ago, they’re pushing back. In a forum in Washington last week sponsored by Common Core, a non-profit group that promotes “a full core curriculum,” they squared off with education consultant Ken Kay, co-founder of the P21 movement.