Thank you, Will Richardson, for finally putting this out there!
URGENT: 21st Century Skills for Educators (and Others) First
Which leads to the second question which is how in god’s name can we talk seriously about 21st Century skills for kids if we’re not talking 21st Century skills for educators first? The more I listened, the less I heard in terms of how we make the teaching profession as a whole even capable of teaching these “skills” to kids. Sure, there were mentions of upgrading teacher preparation programs and giving teachers additional time in the school day to collaborate, etc. But the URGENCY was all around the kids. Shouldn’t the URGENCY be all about the teachers right now?
THIS is exactly the reason I did my View of 21st Century Learner’s video.
We cannot expect teachers, administrators, school boards to support a practice that is not in their ken. Until we get people in THOSE positions that speak lolcat, we are just going to continue to be locked in Cuban’s world.