Archives for December 2006

New Report Urges Creativity to be a Top Skill for Schools

The National Center on Education and the Economy issued a report this week entitled Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. It calls for the biggest changes in the American educational system in over a century. You can read in PDF form the Executive […]

Paradigms Compared

Education in America has finally reached the 21st Century, chronologically at least, but not pedagogically. Education is still remarkably similar to what education was like in late 19th Century! We still put kids in classrooms of about 30, arrange then into rows and columns, and tell them to study for the test. The paradigm that […]

Wanted!: A Paradigm Shift

In the last post, I wrote that education in American schools needs to change to reflect the new ways of thinking that students will need in a global society. This call for change is not new. Futurists, and other thinkers have been describing the kinds of skills people would need in a “knowledge society.” I […]

Education for Global Thinking

The way we teach kids has not changed very much over the years. Yet all around our schools, society has changed in astounding ways. We are able to put humans into space, and yet, students in America’s urban schools couldn’t explain how a vehicle put into space is able to orbit the earth. The curriculum […]

40th Anniversary of Soyuz

“40 years ago, on November 28, 1966, Soviet Union launched the first unmanned prototype of the Soyuz spacecraft, inaugurating the longest serving family of vehicles to carry humans into space,” writes Anatoly Zak, Publisher of the RussianSpaceWeb.com. You can go to his website to explore an interactive guide to Soyuz. When America’s fleet of space […]