21st Century Skills: Out With the Old and in With the…New?
I get it. Education is facing significant, unprecedented challenges today because of technology that changes quicker than I can catch my breath. Buzzwords like 21st century skills, flipped classroom, digital natives, and connected educator abound in the blogs and boardrooms of the educational world.
What I don’t get is why some educators are ready to throw the whole system under the bus. Where is the examination of past practices that did work? Why we are willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater? An expression that first showed up in its English version sometime during the Industrial Revolution. Another time when education faced unprecedented challenges. The emerging industrialized world needed a work force that had the basic knowledge and skills to work in the factories.
Their solutions to these challenges formed the basis of our current educational system. Today, leaders ask if we should be educating our students…
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