Sunday, January 11, 2004

Seven Cs

Reading this interview with Bernie Trilling is like listening in on a great conversation -- he asks as many questions as he answers, but he's doing some great big-picture thinking about the purpose of education now and in the future. In addition to the three Rs, he talks about the importance of the seven Cs:
  • Critical thinking and doing, and the doing is just as important as the thinking
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Cross cultural understanding
  • Communication skills
  • Computing skills, ICT skills
  • Career and learning self-reliance
Right now K-12 schools are spending piles of money on expensive tools that help them figure out how well kids can write tests, mostly in the three Rs. It's easier because it's quantifiable and standardized. Schools aren't as good at teaching and assessing messier skills like creativity, collaboration and understanding. (OLDaily)

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