The mean girl in me enjoys Ohio Education Gadfly’s snarky response to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s education reform blueprint. Under Exciting 21st Century Learning Environments:
Governor’s proposal: Our schools must become collaborative continuous learning organizations that build a culture of strong relationships, professionalism, collaboration, and common purpose for all students.
Gadfly translates: Our schools will be leaderless, directionless centers of feel-goodism.
Under Efficient Accountability and Resource Management Systems:
Governor’s proposal: Improving our technology system to meet the needs of our students in the 21st Century.
Gadfly translates: We still don’t know how to use the computers that we have but we’ll get some more.
I’m getting sick of the 21st century and we still have more than nine decades to go.
Update: Jay Mathews’ column on a report calling for “21st century skills” is on point.
It listed the “21st century skills” that our children need for the rapidly evolving labor market. These included thinking critically and making judgments, solving complex, multidisciplinary, open-ended problems, developing creative and entrepreneurial thinking, communicating and collaborating, making innovative use of knowledge, information and opportunities and taking charge of financial, health and civic responsibilities.
. . . How in the name of every teacher who has ever contemplated suicide during the unit on fractions are we supposed to make those things happen?
By creating collaborative continuous learning organizations!