Thursday, November 8, 2007
21st Century Learning: 'We're Not Even Close'
Dave Nagel submitted an article titled 21st Century Learning: 'We're Not Even Close" in a recent edtion of THE Journal. In the article he reflects on a white paper released by ISTE, SETDA, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. This paper suggests that a there are 3 broad areas education needs to address: (1) Knowledge of core content is necessary but no longer sufficient for students to be successful in a competitive world (2) To keep pace with an ever changing world schools need to offer more rigorous, relevant, and engaging opportunities for students to learn (3) To be effective schools and classrooms, teachers need access to the tools and training in 21st century teaching and learning. I wish Mr. Nagel had the opportunity to see what you (the Global Learners) have done in your classrooms during this last trimester. I am convinced he would agree that while we are not totally there, the Global Learners and their students are well on the way. All of the reflections being posted tell me we are 'Getting Close'. As Chris Berman of ESPN says; It ... Could ... Go ... All ... The ... Way!