21st century skills a fad

Just read an interesting article on 21st century skills that is worth a look. The article looks at the
argument that 21st century skills should replace the teaching of content where the article essentially suggests that content has an important role to play in developing the 21st century skills.

“Unfortunately some 21st-century skills proponents believe these skills should replace the teaching of content. They believe that because so much new knowledge is being created, students should focus on how to know instead of knowing. This view threatens to reopen a debate in American education that is not new either: content pitted against critical thinking rather than the two complementing each other.”

“Content undergirds critical thinking, analysis, and broader information literacy skills. To critically analyze various documents requires engagement with content and a framework within which to place the information.”

Worth a read overall.

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