Rethinking Education - Essential Skills for a Fast-Changing Century
Mar 30, 2009 10:11PM
Innovative teachers have long proven the value of moving beyond the world of academia to engage students in real world projects and practical applications of new technologies. But the United States should have “a system built around the idea that every kid needs to be able to critically think and problem-solve,” maintains Ken Kay, president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national advocacy group in Tucson, Arizona, which includes businesses, educational organizations and policymakers.
To do this, Kay says, teacher training, state curricula and testing all need to align with partnership goals. So far, 10 states have signed on: Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
For information visit 21stCenturySkills.org.