21 st Century Teaching for 21 st Century Students. Brad Fountain Discovery Education. “ The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ” - Alvin Toffler.
- Alvin Toffler
“This is a story about the big public conversation the nation is not having about education… whether an entire generation of kids will fail to make the grade in the global economy because they can’t think their way through abstract problems, work in teams, distinguish good information from bad, or speak a language other than English.”
How to Build a Student for the 21st Century, TIME Magazine, December 18, 2006
Marc Prensky – Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 2
“Are They Really Ready to Work?”
Released October 2, 2006, by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management groups.
What skills are most important for job success when hiring a High School graduate?
Of the High School Students that you recently hired, what were their deficiencies?
What applied skills and basic knowledge are most important for those you will hire with a four-year college diploma?
What skills and content areas will be growing in importance in the next five years?
“If you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. By the time students become adults they have lost that capacity. And national education systems are where mistakes are the worst things you can make. The result is we are educating people out of their creative capacities.” - Sir Ken Robinson
Dewey defines productive inquiry as that aspect of any activity where we are deliberately seeking what we need in order to do what we want to do. (Dewey, 1922 and Cook and Brown, 1999) In the net age we now have at our disposal tools and resources for engaging in productive inquiry – and learning – that we never had before.
-John Seely Brown
In the 20th century, the approach to education was to focus on ‘learning-about’ and to build stocks of knowledge and some cognitive skills in the student to be deployed later in appropriate situations. This approach to education worked well in a relatively stable, slowly changing world where students could expect to learn one set of skills and use them throughout their lives. Careers often lasted a lifetime. But the 21st century is quite different. The world is continuously changing at an increasing pace. Skills learned today are apt to be out-of-date all too soon. When technical jobs change, we can no longer expect to send a person back to school to be re-trained or to learn a new profession. By the time that happens, the domain of inquiry is likely to have morphed yet again.
-John Seely Brown
Future Forces Affecting Education
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