Friday, February 28, 2014

What 60 Schools Can Tell Us About Teaching 21st Century Skills

"One of the real frustrations we all have is we keep trying to put that square peg of the industrial age engineered designed model into the round circle of the eco system that we know represents great learning. These 2 systems are fundamentally incompatible and this means that we have to change at a foundational level, not just at the margins."
"In a time of rapid change... we need to teach into the unknown and that's difficult, uncomfortable, messy and unfamiliar to us and we need to learn a new set of skills for that... we need to teach students to be self evolving learners..and in order to do that we need to become self evolving organizations..we need to embrace constant change.."
The rate of change in the world demands that we re-imagine and restructure the foundational learning relationship among students, teachers, and knowledge. In September 2012, pursuing a decades-long passion for transformational education, Grant Lichtman packed up his Prius and set off on a solo, nationwide research tour to discover what schools are doing to prepare students for an evolving future. Find out what he learned from three months on the road visiting 21 states, 64 schools, and the great ideas of 500 educators.

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow" -- John Dewey

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