Gordon Lee Salmon replied to the topic Is there a national security crisis in US K-12 education? in the forum Leadership, Management, Supervision 7 years, 12 months ago
Thanks Zach for alerting us to this excellent report from the CFR. I feel too that our K-12 educational system is in poor shape and only getting worse. We need strong leaders, especially at the Principal and Superintendent levels, to begin the difficult process of transforming schools into 21st century learning environments. We need to teach kids essential skills in critical thinking,teamwork, inclusivity, problem-solving, collaboration, relationship building, innovation and creativity, and digital technology. Our children will need to learn how to learn and continually reinvent themselves in order to keep pace with the unremitting explosion of knowledge. They need to learn how to speak more than one language, appreciate and be curious about cultural differences with other global citizens, and live with an attitude of cooperation. They must learn how to be competitive for jobs that don’t yet exist. Sadly our schools fail to teach most of these skills now and we are rapidly falling further behind.
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