“Every child in America needs to be ready for today’s and tomorrow’s world.”

http://www.p21.org/index.php

“Every child in America needs to be ready for today’s and tomorrow’s world.” This statement is very powerful, we must remember that our lessons that we teach our students everyday in school must not just be something good for today, it must translate to tomorrow. To do this we must be adaptable and open to change so we are able to keep up with the ever-changing world around us. Our goal as educators is to create life long successful learners who will continue to be successful long after graduation. We have a difficult task ahead of us, but with the right tools like the Partnership for 21st Century Skills we can develop practical and effective ways to create 21st century students who are prepared for the world around them.
I think the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is very intriguing, and hopefully something that will change the way we teach, learn, and work in a positive way. They work together with the government, businesses, community, and education to mesh what we have been learning in school in a new and more real life way so that our students are able to come out of school not only educated, but ready for life. They always say that you learn best with hands on experiences, that is why teachers student teach and others apprentice in their field before they take over. If we are able to have this ‘apprenticeship’ in place while our students are learning in school then we are instilling them with 21st century skills while educating them properly.
I also clicked on the New Jersey section of the 21st century website to how my state was implementing this initiative, but I couldn’t help but thinking how the government role of this equation, just isn’t working out. We have had funding continuously cut to our schools over the last year and I believe that something needs to change to ensure that programs like this will be effective rather than just a great idea.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. nusbaum08
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 14:12:22

    It sounds like New Jersey is the same as Indiana when it comes to education. Our government too is cutting funds when they should be spending money in education so we do not have the same problems five to ten years down the road. I believe our governor wants to make all schools private in our state. Is it the same in NJ?

    I agree with your comment about having apprenticeships in our schools to teach the skills we as teachers cannot. I would like to see these as yearly as in elementary schools to ensure 21st century learning.

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