A List of 10!

Think About It
         There are so many lists of things that students should be taught, what they should be learning, and what they should know and much of those lists have to do with “21 Century Skills”. But are there truly new skills that trump some of our “Old School Skills”?

This list from Ian Jukes sets a broad, meaningful and, in my opinion, concise look at what we could all use as skills for living in this day and age. A great foundation that seems to include both traditional and more contemporary skills.

Looking at this list after a meeting last night about the Next Generation Science Standards that will be appearing next year makes me see some close connections between the “science standards” and this basic top ten list. Encouraging that we might be able to find some common ground with a meaningful, manageable set of core needs for our students and society.

What are your thoughts?

  1. Read
  2. Type
  3. Write
  4. Communicate effectively, and with respect
  5. Question
  6. Be resourceful
  7. Be accountable
  8. Know how to learn
  9. Think critically
  10. Be happy

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One response to “A List of 10!

  1. Interesting connection between item seven on the list and this observation from Pasi Sahlberg, a director at the Finnish Ministry of Education.

    “As for accountability of teachers and administrators, Sahlberg shrugs. “There's no word for accountability in Finnish,” he later told an audience at the Teachers College of Columbia University. “Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted.””

    So is accountability necessary? Can we simply be responsible and call it good? What does our society need?

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