Time (Dec. 18, 2006) “How to Build a Student for the 21st Century” by Claudia Wallis and Sonja Steptoe, pgs 50-56.
What is not a 21st Century Skill activity: memorizing all the rivers in South America
What is a 21st Century Skills activity: “After reading about Nike’s efforts to develop a more environmentally friendly sneaker, students have to choose a consumer product, analyze and explain its environmental impact and then develop a plan for re-engineering it to reduce pollution costs without sacrificing its commercial appeal.” (p. 54)
What is the difference between USA curriculums and other countries whose students outperform USA students? Their curriculums focus on key concepts taught in depth. They focus on “portable skills” -critical thinking, making connections between ideas and knowing how to keep on learning. USA curriculums focus on a succession of forgettable details.(p. 54).
How “in line with the way the modern world works” is your class? (p. 56)