EdSteps needs student work

EdSteps needs help to collect, review and publish student work showing performance in five skill areas:  writing, global competence, creativity, problem solving and analyzing information. The project, developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers, will create a free, web-based library of student work showing progression from basic to accomplished skills. Go here to submit student work or sign up as a reviewer.

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  1. There’s nothing wrong with leaving college.

    Maybe they do not want to do it.
    Maybe they decided they really didn’t need it.
    Maybe they decided they would be happy doing something else.

    And they can always go back later.

  2. Michael E. Lopez says:

    From their site: “EdSteps defines creativity as the valued uses and outcomes of originality driven by imagination, invention, and curiosity. ”

    If one of my students wrote that sentence, I’d cap their grade at a B for terrible writing, then give them a C for saying that creativity was a skill on the one hand, then defining it as the exercise of a talent on the other.

    Their “Global Compentence” skill set is a schizoid abomination of a concept: someone slammed together the ongoing academic fight against provincialism (a reasonable goal) with a politically-charged curriculum of “global” content on issues. Out came this:

    “Global Competence: the knowledge, skills, and disposition to understand and act creatively and innovatively on issues of global significance (issues that are global in scope or important local issues that are faced by others in the world). ”

    Mmm hmmm. So to the extent that those skills and dispositions are actually different than the skills and dispositions to understand and act creatively and innovatively on other content-areas, you’re really just talking about a knowledge set and a motivation set, aren’t you?

    The other “skills” are better, but not much:

    “Problem Solving for Learning is a process which requires students to address a problem through purposeful inquiry, careful analysis and the development of one or more lines of reasoning. The Problem Solving process requires students to obtain and apply new knowledge and skills as they generate and evaluate potential solutions. Defensible solutions may be communicated to others within and/or beyond the school setting and may have a real world impact. ”

    It’s enough to make you want to slice open your veins. I want my 30 minutes back, because EdSteps stole it under false pretenses. They got Joanne Jacobs to link to their site, so I assumed that it was worth looking at.

  3. Funny–their “Global Competence” page made no mention of foreign language instruction. If I had the hubris to declare I could judge Global Competence (whatever it might be), I think I’d concede that people in other places in the world might not speak English. It’s rather like the old days of Empire, isn’t it, to assume that it’s not necessary to broaden one’s linguistic horizons?