Without a doubt, the need to gear our students for skills that in all likelihood we did not focus on in our time in school. How to get to this point though takes careful planning and construction of a pathway to make the necessary changes. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills website and initiative is confronting this arduous task and giving teachers and administrators a portal through which they can explore possible solutions on their own.
I think the website has a nice presentation and a load of valuable information, but one of the primary focuses seems to be on a chart I just do not understand: This one-
I understand that the framework for 21st century learning is focused on teaching the core subjects with global and civic ramifications at the forefront, and that collaboration is imperative for the 21st century learner, but I really struggle to see what all of the half-circles below the rainbow-like thing means. Analyzing this diagram in Route 21 was definitely more insightful, I just did not understand why it was constructed that way.
The fact that only 15 states have taken the initiative is perplexing to me. It appears that some of the more populated states with stricter guidelines and standards for students and teachers are missing (I.e.
New York and ), but on the other end a number of smaller states are also not included. Why has only about 1/3 of the country jumped on board with this initiative? Is it because these are the only ones that sought Federal assistance? California
There are a number of modern technology interfaces present on the website, like links to Twitter, but there is no blogs or message boards present- really? It seems almost hypocritical for this website to push such a technology-based agenda and not be completely up to speed on all of the modern interfaces.
Despite missing certain components and having a diagram central to the message that seems confusing, the purpose and message that the website has to offer is not only valid, it is essential. In order for our students to succeed, they must embrace the new way of learning and the new way that the business world operates and how it will in the future. Because they must embrace it, we as educators must do the same to properly help them become literate in our new cyber world.