Pity those who have to implement accountability systems for 21st century skills

There has been much ink spent on the debate around 21st century skills. The eminent historian Diane Ravitch has rightly blasted 21st century skills as a fad with lineage that can be traced back to at least the early part of the 20th century… Pity the officials at state education departments facing legislative mandates to come up with criteria for measuring and determining whether students, or groups of students, have actually acquired these skills. Imagine a young person in 2014 not receiving a high school diploma because they have been deemed as not having the “personal management skills such as self-direction, time management, work ethic, enthusiasm and the desire to produce a high quality product.” This is a lawsuit simply waiting to happen. Read the post here.

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