What century are we preparing our learners?

When I was invited to speak at Curriculum 21 this summer at Saratoga Springs, New York. I was honored to be in the same company as great educator minds, amongst whom is Heidi Jacobs. The most profound statement that she made in a TED talk was simply “What year are we preparing our kids for?” I really reflected what this meant to me. Indeed, so little has changed in the last 20, 30, 40 years. Kids still sit with a paper and pencil. Tests are still largely driven by those end of chapter, unit exams, which require little more than answering a multiple choice, short answer or dreaded essay. Are we really using our time productively to engage our students in meaningful skills that prepare our students for tomorrow? More on things to come.

 

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