The NEA Hosts a Meeting about ‘21st Century Skills’

By Mary Ann Zehr — March 27, 2009 1 min read
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I’m reading the Common Core’s take on a meeting earlier this week hosted by the National Education Association about the approach to learning promoted by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Our reporter who inquired about attending the meeting, Stephen Sawchuk, was told he wasn’t invited.

Lynne Munson from Common Core reports that attendees represented education associations and the meeting had the agenda of “how quickly more students can get signed on” to using 21st century skills. She expresses her organization’s concern that the teaching of skills may not be integrated with content knowledge. She says that none of the panelists mentioned science, geography, foreign languages, history, literature, art, or civics.

Flypaper echoes Munson’s concern that the kind of 21st century skills promoted at the meeting are shallow.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.