Sunday, October 18, 2009

PLN 14

In the article “Rigor Redefined” by Tony Wagner matters because schools are not preparing their students for tomorrow. According to Rigor’s studies “fewer than 1 in 20 classes were engaged in instruction designed to teach students to think instead of merely drilling for the test.” Today most teachers are focusing on teaching students what will be on their next exam instead of teaching them “the seven survival skills” Rigor states “It is not a checklist of teacher behaviors and a model lesson that covers content standards. It is working with colleagues to ensure that all students master the skills they need to succeed as lifelong learners, workers, and citizens. I have yet to talk to a recent graduate, college teacher, community leader, or business leader who said that not knowing enough academic content was a problem. In my interviews, everyone stressed the importance of critical thinking, communication skills, and collaboration.” This article reminds me of "Do You Know” by Karl Fisch because the world is becoming more competitive and if our teachers are not preparing us then we will loose our jobs to more qualified foreigners. This means that academics is not a problem, but critical thinking, communication skills, and collaboration is. This matters to me, education, and the world because teachers are not preparing their students for the future and how to survive in the future.

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