Class Struggle: 21st century skills

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/11/2009

Finally some sense about 21st century skills--part two, the Wagner book

Then comes his "Schools That Work" chapter, a remarkable piece of education reporting. He describes, based on long visits, two of the most important public school models in the country for more effective teaching, particularly students without the natural academic skills that get the most praise. These are High Tech High, a growing network of project-based-learning schools born in San Diego, and the Big Picture Company, an even larger network of schools designed to teach students through internships that began in Providence, R.I. This part of the book is a must read.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  21st century skills, Advanced Placement, Big Picture Company, High Tech High, Tony Wagner, achievement gap, new global economy

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/04/2009

Finally some sense about 21st century skills--part one, the Jerald report

(1) Should we make more time for thinking in school by finding a more efficient --and quicker--way to teach the facts our students need to think about? (2) If collaboration is so important to the 21st century workplace, and if (as Jerald and Wagner report) students appear to learn the most about teamwork in sports and other extracurricular activities, should we require everyone to participate in games or clubs in the same way we used to make P.E. mandatory?

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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