Essential Skills

The Essential Question

  • What skills and character traits are essential for students in the 21st Century?  For career, citizenship, and life?

Other Discussion Questions

  • What do you find noteworthy about this scene?
     
  • Our current education model was defined over a century ago. What skills and character traits did the Committee of Ten want young adults to have for 20th Century assembly line jobs??
     
  • On balance, are our students being prepared more for the 20th or the 21st Century?
     
  • How might we critique assignments on the basis of how they help our students develop essential skills?  Do we already?  Should we?
     
  • How might we assess student progress on essential skills?
     
  • What micro-innovations might help us reach  community consensus on which skills are essential for our graduates?  

  • What micro-innovations might help us determine our current effectiveness in developing these skills for our kids?  

BONUS ARTICLEs