Thursday, October 16, 2008

More states infuse standards with 21st-century skills

An increasing number of states, including Iowa, West Virginia and Wisconsin, are adding skills like collaboration, creativity and critical thinking as well as financial, technological, health and global literacy into their statewide standards. "Fifty years ago, the ticket up the economic ladder was content mastery of four or five subjects," said Ken Kay, president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. "Today, it's the ability to think critically, solve problems, communicate, collaborate, use technology and be globally competent." Education Week (premium article access compliments of

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