Friday, December 19, 2008

What's with teaching to the test?

Somehow I get the feeling that the more important lessons to teach are about survival. It's a bit ironic though but those who survive are sometimes good at cheating. Then again, if students learn about compassion, there could be no reason to cheat.

So perhaps Harvard's Tony Wagner was spot on when he identified seven skills students desperately need in the 21st century.

Here they are:

1. Problem-solving and critical thinking;
2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence;
3. Agility and adaptability;
4. Initiative and entrepreneurship;
5. Effective written and oral communication;
6. Accessing and analyzing information; and
7. Curiosity and imagination.

Thanks to Sharon Bett for sharing.

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