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Title: 21st Century?


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21st Century?
  • October 7, 2009

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A Little History Lesson
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In 1958 we were in crisis.
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A Nation at Risk! (1983)
  • Content
  • Standards and Expectations
  • Time
  • Teaching
  • Leadership and Fiscal Support

5
1995 TIMSS Grade 8 Mathematics Performance
Zhao, 2008
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Despite the billions of dollars being spent on
education reform since 1983, the U.S. has
implemented none of the meaningful
recommendations of the 1983 report and as a
result has seen no real improvements to our math
or science education system. ----Robert
Compton,2008, creator and executive producer of
the documentary Two Million Minutes. Source
http//www.2mminutes.com/pressblog6.html
Two decades later, A Nation at Risk remains
significant in terms of setting the debate and
ushering in an era of reform in education, but
its goals have not yet been realized. The changes
wrought by twenty years of task forces,
committees, and study groups have not produced
the hoped-for improvement in student achievement.
Few of the commission's recommendations were
properly implemented, and many of those that were
proved too timid to bring about effective
educational reform. --Diane Ravitch
2003 Source http//www.hoover.org/pubaffairs/dail
yreport/archive/2848976.html
Zhao, 2008
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U.S. treading water in reading Bloomberg News
ServiceRussia, Hong Kong and Singapore shot to
the top of 45 countries and provinces
participating in a fourth-grade reading test,
while England fell below the United States,
according to results released yesterday.
(Honolulu Advertiser, November 29, 2007)
U.S. Students Fall Short in Math and Science
Teenagers in a majority of industrialized
nations taking part in a leading international
exam showed greater scientific understanding than
students in the United Statesand they far
surpassed their American peers in mathematics.
(Education Week, December 4, 2007)
Zhao, 2008
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But the story cant be left there.
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http//www.weforum.org/pdf/Global_Competitiveness_
Reports/Reports/gcr_2007/gcr2007_rankings.pdf
Zhao, 2008
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Source http//www.worldmapper.org/
Zhao, 2008
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How do other countries look at the education
needed in the 21st Century?
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Japan
  • Since 2001, Japan has been working to implement
    its Education Plan for the 21st Century, which
    has three major objectives
  • The first is enhancing emotional education,
    that is, cultivating students as emotionally
    well-rounded human beings.
  • The second objective is realizing a school
    system that helps children develop their
    individuality and gives them diverse choices by
    moving towards a diverse, flexible educational
    system that encourages individuality and
    cultivates creativity.
  • The third is promoting a system in which the
    schools autonomy is respected through
    decentralizing educational administration,
    enhancing local autonomy, and enabling
    independent self-management at the school level.
    (Iwao, 2000)

Zhao, 2008
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  • Korea 2000
  • Revised 7th National Curriculum
  • The ultimate goal is to cultivate creative,
    autonomous, and self-driven human resources who
    will lead the era's developments in information,
    knowledge and globalization.
  • Promote fundamental and basic education that
    fosters sound human beings and nurtures
    creativity
  • Help students build self-leading capacity so that
    they well meet the challenges of today's
    globalization and information development
  • Implement learner-oriented education that suits
    the students' capability, aptitude and career
    development needs
  • Ensure expanded autonomy for the local community
    and schools in curriculum planning and operation.

Zhao, 2008
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Singapore
  • Since 1997, Singapores key educational
    strategies are
  • The explicit teaching of critical and creative
    thinking skills
  • The reduction of subject content
  • The revision of assessment modes and
  • A greater emphasis on processes instead of on
    outcomes when appraising schools.
  • In 2005, the Ministry of Education in Singapore
    released another major policy document Nurturing
    Every Child Flexibility and Diversity in
    Singapore Schools, which called for a more varied
    curriculum, a focus on learning rather than
    teaching, and more autonomy for schools and
    teachers (Ministry of Education, 2005).

Zhao, 2008
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Why?
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Imagination is more important than
knowledge. It is a miracle that curiosity
survives formal education. Albert Einstein
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Technology redefines - Everything
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What did we do before?
  • E-mail.
  • Word-processing.
  • The Internet
  • On-line banking and purchasing

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Before
  • Text-messaging
  • Podcasts
  • Wikis
  • Skype

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Before!
  • Google
  • E-Bay
  • Wikipedia
  • ????????

21
Our Challenge
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(W)hy would the worlds employers pay us more
than they have to pay the Indians to do their
work? They would be willing to do that only if we
could offer something that the Chinese and
Indians, and others, cannot. --New Commission
on the Skills of the American Workforce (2007).
Tough Choices or Tough Times
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Because of the Death of Distance
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As electrically contracted, the globe is no more
than a village. Marshall McLuhan, 1964
Honey, I confided, I think the world is
flat. Thomas Friedman, 2005
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Books to make us think!
  • A Whole New Mind Daniel Pink (2005)
  • Five Minds for the Future Howard Garner (2006)

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Daniel H. Pink (2005).A Whole New Mind Moving
from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age
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A Whole New Mind
  • Information Age
  • L-Directed Thinking
  • Sequential
  • Literal
  • Functional
  • Textual
  • Analytic

Asia Automation Abundance
  • Conceptual Age
  • R-Directed Thinking
  • Simultaneous
  • Metaphorical
  • Aesthetic
  • Contextual
  • Synthetic

Zhao, 2008
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Essential Aptitudes in the Conceptual Age
  • Design
  • Story
  • Symphony
  • Empathy
  • Play
  • Meaning

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Five Minds for the Future
  • Disciplinary Mind
  • Mastery
  • Schools of Thought
  • Professional Craft
  • Synthesizing Mind
  • Integrate Ideas
  • Communicate
  • Creating Mind
  • Uncover new ideas
  • Clarify new ideas
  • Respectful Mind
  • Awareness and appreciation of differences
  • Ethical Mind
  • Fulfillment of responsibilities

Gardner, 2006
31
Global Citizenship
The completely untraveled person will view all
foreigners as the savage regards a member of
another herd. But the man who has traveled, or
who has studied international politics, will have
discovered that, if his herd is to prosper, it
must, to some degree, become amalgamated with
other herds. --Bertrand Russell, 1950
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Are we preparing citizens for the globalized
world?
  • Unique talents
  • Creativity, Imagination, and Passion
  • Cross-cultural competencies
  • Understanding the globe
  • Foreign languages
  • Understanding other cultures
  • Global responsibilities

Zhao, 2008
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What does it take?
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Personalize education Is there a core curriculum?
Creativity and discipline Skills, knowledge, and
attitude
Globalization Schools as global enterprises
Zhao, 2008
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Digital Citizenship
  • Living in the digital world
  • Consumers
  • Citizens
  • Community leaders
  • Making a living in the digital world
  • Digital workers
  • Global workers
  • (Re)Creating the digital world
  • Innovators
  • Entrepreneurs

Zhao, 2008
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What can we do?
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Be informed of changes.
Model attitudes and behaviors.
Lead changes in curriculum, policy, and events in
your schools.
Advocate changes in the state and the nation.
Zhao, 2008
38
Imagine a District where
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People work together to improve instruction in
all classrooms and rigor is the norm.
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People strive to personalize instruction for all
students and resources are focused on the
classroom.
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People model professionalism creating a healthy
and supportive environment for students to learn.
42
People treat each other with respect and learn
from our differences.
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People believe that communication is the most
important subject we teach.
44
People take risks and encourage students to take
risks.
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Consistency of expectations is clear throughout
the system.
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The use of data is seen as part of establishing
and assessing common goals.
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People employ technology as a tool to instruct.
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Students turn on to education when they come
through our doors.
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Can you imagine?
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Is it or could it be the Framingham Public
Schools?
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We can only do this together!
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