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Thanks to all who attended my webinar on 21st Century Skills, Are We There Yet? We had a great discussion on whether we as educators are providing the skills our students will need in order to be productive citizens when they leave the K-12 setting. A couple of days after this webinar, I received the November 2010 issue of Ed Digest. And low and behold, there's an article, "A Century of Skills Movements" by Diane Ravitch, from American Educator. She mentions the fact that educators have been trying to meet the needs of our students in many of the same ways we are today. The name of the movement may have changed, but the idea is still the same. Teach students by them learning by doing, project based activities and not teaching subjects i,e, algebra, science, etc, in isolation.
So, back to my question, Are We There Yet?

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Comment by Dr. GBJohnson on October 31, 2010 at 5:24pm
We as educators probably do need to redefine our purpose, redesign our curriculum to fit the 21st century needs and rework how we as educators work together. Teachers are still isolated in their classrooms and need interaction with others during their lessons to ensure success for all students.
Comment by Davilla Riddle on October 31, 2010 at 12:19am
Thank you. I really enjoyed your webinar. As I watched it, my mind kept wondering back to the key phrase "education reform". These buzz words are all over the news media. However, I am wondering if it is reform we need or something else. Other words that come to my mind, at least, to address the needs in education are redefine, redesign, rework and replace.

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