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Friday, April 24, 2015

Engineering Challenges Promote 21st Century Skills and Engage Youth

Education Week – Natacha Meyer and Tania Tauer

“Today’s unprecedented push to train students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) has been primarily motivated by the need to produce a workforce capable of addressing the global challenges of the 21st century. Besides preparing students to enter into these careers, research suggests that engaging youth in interactive STEM activities offers additional benefits…The ability to think critically, be creative, collaborate with peers, and communicate effectively are fundamental to youth’s engagement in our global society. Engineering challenges that are open-ended, globally relevant, and engaging provide compelling experiences for promoting these 21st century skills in youth.”(more)

Friday, April 10, 2015

New Resource From P21 Empowers Parents to Help Kids Thrive in the 21st Century

PR Web – Press Release

“To be successful today, students must be civically and digitally literate, globally competent and proficient in the 4Cs-critical thinking and problem solving; communication; collaboration; and creativity and innovation. Yet, according to recent data on civics education and global citizenship, more than one third of 12th grade students scored below basic in civics and fewer than one third reported they use their learning for real-world problem solving. Education today takes place both inside and outside the classroom. The Parents’ Guide to 21st Century Learning and Citizenship reinforces the idea that preparing children for 21st century learning and citizenship is a team effort-at home, at school, within the community and throughout the day.”(more)

What Little League Baseball Tells Us About the Skills Gap

The Huffington Post – Blair Forlaw

“You might not see it when driving past your local sports field, but trouble lurks beneath the dirt. Every year for the past 16, enrollment in Little League baseball has steadily dropped, according to reporting in the Wall Street Journal. One or two percentage points annually is the kind of slow but steady erosion that escapes notice until it’s almost too late to do anything about it. Could the foundation of one of America’s most treasured traditions be crumbling away, right below our feet? It’s deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra might have said. It’s a lot like what has happened to jobs and skills — all-American mainstays that also aren’t what they used to be. Not too long ago, winning in the workplace was about being dependable, consistent, loyal, a good sport. Then suddenly, we turn around and the labor market looks like a whole new playing field, with different positions, unfamiliar rules, and a lot of people on the sidelines. What’s going on? Here are three clues to help us answer that question by better understanding the demand for skills in today’s market and the gap between where we career-seekers are and where businesses wish we would be.”(more)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

21st Century Smart: Staying Relevant In The Artificial Intelligence Age

Forbes – Ed Hess

“Unless you have been under a rock, you know that the world is changing fast. You know that technology advances, especially smart robots and smart thinking machines, will continue to drive change. They will raise serious questions about how anyone over the age of 18 stays relevant and competitive job-wise in a world of smart machines. Studying that issue from the viewpoint of the science of learning leads me to believe that we all need to adopt a new operating definition of what being “smart” means. Why? Because it will be a new game—we will have to compete for jobs not only against other humans, but also against smart machines…So, where does that leave us if we want to stay relevant? We need to be good at doing what smart machines can’t do better than us, at least for the foreseeable future…That would mean that the new, 21st century “smart” person would be someone who is a good critical and innovative thinker, listener, and collaborator and who has developed his or her emotional and social intelligence to high levels. This person would also need to be good at managing themselves—managing how one thinks, listens, emotionally reacts and emotionally engages and collaborates with others.”(more)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Move Over Memorization

The Huffington Post – Lydia Dobyns

“Good grades all too often reflect good memorization and test-taking skills. We have to ask ourselves, now that answers to myriads of questions are a google search away, why would we measure student knowledge by an ability to regurgitate facts through multiple choice tests? In our work lives, we are often judged by our ability to demonstrate and apply an understanding of readily accessible data or facts. This places “learning to learn” as a critical guiding principle for learning. A challenge we face as educators is how do we create a meaningful, relevant education experience that prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist? One place to start is with curiosity ─ creating a mind brought alive by inquiry. It’s replacing — getting the correct answer in the fastest time with the least effort possible — with an appetite for curiosity, the desire to know and learn. This will help students develop new skills; and this adaptive behavior capacity will be essential to be employable in an ever-changing workplace.”(more)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

The Washington Post – Fareed Zakaria

“If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, technical skills. Every month, it seems, we hear about our children’s bad test scores in math and science – and about new initiatives from companies, universities or foundations to expand STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and math) and deemphasize the humanities. From President Obama on down, public officials have cautioned against pursuing degrees like art history, which are seen as expensive luxuries in today’s world…This dismissal of broad-based learning, however, comes from a fundamental misreading of the facts — and puts America on a dangerously narrow path for the future…A broad general education helps foster critical thinking and creativity…Innovation is not simply a technical matter but rather one of understanding how people and societies work, what they need and want. America will not dominate the 21st century by making cheaper computer chips but instead by constantly reimagining how computers and other new technologies interact with human beings.”(more)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Using the Power of the Liberal Arts to Address the Problems of Our Time

The Huffington Post – Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

“Although politicians often disparage the liberal arts out of ignorance, I’m very much heartened to see that many high school students understand the value, both for individuals and for society, that the liberal arts provide. The high school students I’m thinking about are those who entered the liberal arts essay contest sponsored by the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA). High school seniors from across the state of Washington were asked to discuss how the liberal arts might help solve a problem facing the state. The winning essays demonstrated impressive insight into the power a broad liberal education can have while the authors of those essays made it clear that they understood how complex problems necessitate creative, interdisciplinary solutions.”(more)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Science Isn’t Boring. Boring Lessons Are.

GOOD – Katie Wudel

“Last fall, the New York Academy of Scientists, together with the United Nations and a veritable who’s who of socially responsible corporations, collectively wrung their hands about the global shortage of science professionals. The STEM crisis may or may not be a myth, but one thing’s for certain: The way science is often taught these days does the field no favors. “Kids think science is boring,” says Gerald Richards, CEO of 826 National…“Science is all about inquiry, but it’s also about being creative.”…This under-discussed link between creativity, scientific inquiry, and functional literacy has long fascinated Pam Garza, STEM Project Director at YMCA…“From figuring out which dishwasher to buy to how to vote for a new initiative, we need to be just as literate in science as we do in reading and writing,” she says. The goal of a successful education is to produce adults capable of critical thinking—and that’s what scientific inquiry is all about.”(more)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Global Search for Education: Being Global – A Global Competence Certificate

The Huffington Post – C.M. Rubin

“If we want to transform the K-12 education system to meet the needs and challenges of 21st-century citizenship and leadership, we need to ensure global learning is available for all. The world has changed…Education is affected by the same trends we see in business, government and our day-to-day lives: rapid technological advances, increasing interconnectivity, higher levels of diversity, and greater levels of uncertainty in how to handle complex problems. As these trends increase, there is more pressure for the education sector to respond at all levels – this includes a recognition that we must engage with the world in order to better prepare students…All of this is happening in a considerably more global, interconnected world, which requires a different kind of preparation for young people – critical and creative thinking, empathy, comfort with ambiguity and willingness to change.”(more)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Is the purpose of college to get an education or a job?

SmartBlog on Education – Katharine Haber

“Is the purpose of college to get an education or a job? Debate over this question is not new, but a new answer is needed, said Jeffrey Selingo, professor of practice at Arizona State University, during his presentation, “Redesigning the Overworked Bachelor’s Degree.” Selingo, a former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, envisions a redesigned bachelor’s degree that addresses the need to provide students with a broad education, yet also provides them with the practical skills they need to land their first job in the 21st century. Under a new model, programs would provide students with skills in areas such as problem solving, decision making, critical thinking and analytical reasoning — skills some employers say are lacking in today’s college graduates…While some schools may be forced to make such changes to survive, Selingo explained that a number of higher-education institutions already are piloting innovative alternatives to the bachelor’s degree that are designed to better meet the needs of today’s economy.”(more)