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July 23, 2009 · 3 Comments

We need to prepare students for their future, not our past

21st Century Student

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  •   Meighan // Jul 24th 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Great blog – thanks for the opportunity to share thoughts! I agree that we need to be able to converse with our young people in their language, but the fact that they have so much screen time on their own I think points to how we should be engaging the rest of their bodies and minds in school. I would argue that they should have opportunities to engage all their senses in experimental learning and should be developing skills for interpersonal, face-to-face communication. They also need to get up and MOVE!

  •   rackerma // Jul 24th 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I agree 100%. . .schools need to constantly look at the “whole child.” The Lane School does a great job of offering a robust curriculum that emphasizes the core subjects, along with foreign language, the arts, and phys ed. The challenge is trying to do so much in a 6 hour day.
    -Rob Ackerman

  •   Dave C. // Jul 25th 2009 at 9:37 am

    The most important change that has to occur in schools across America is the idea of teaching children to think. Yes, there is a basic level of knowledge; facts, dates, formulas etc. that all children need, but for too long that has been the focus of education. The application of knowledge is so much more important to teach. With the internet age, information is easy to obtain but it takes a person, encouraged to think, ask and explore, to create new ideas, new knowledge. I see the Bedford schools doing a better job at this than some districts, but there is more that can be done; science programs that encourage questioning and teach how “failure” is an important part of learning, engineering programs that teach how to develop a better solution by trying and revising, social studies programs that don’t just teach the history, but encourage discussion of how that history changed us and what it means for today. The digital tools can be important in doing this, but wikis, blogs and computers cannot make it happen. It is the teachers and the parents who have to encourage and enable this type of learning.

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