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What Should Kids Know?

CJ Westerberg, July 10, 2011 11:48 AM

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Educational Innovation?
Video Below

From the recent Aspen Ideas Festival at the Aspen Institute-
Worthwhile conversation for when you have time to listen in.  Session lasts 40 minutes. 
Q&A another 20 minutes.  David Leonhardt, editor for The New York Times, is Moderator.

First 30 minutes are opening statements by panelists:
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, fan of middle schoolers and advocate for civics education;
Marc Tucker, President of Education & the Economy, who thinks our definition of
21st Century skills is bunk;
Judith Fabian, Chief Academic Officer of the IB (International Baccalaureate) program,
who succinctly outlines the global learner;
Kati Haycock, President of Education Trust, an advocate for Common Core to
counter-attack low expectations,
Richard Brodhead, President of Duke, who claims there is too much inertia and too many
"boxes" within Higher Ed.

30:00  What about Reading and Writing?
35:00 Testing. Has hurt the teaching/learning of reading and writing? 
37:00  How we should re-organize schools?
38:00  Discipline of knowledge and pleasure of knowledge
40:00 Testing
41:00 Q & A
60:00 "Do all kids need to know the same thing?"  (ie. What kind of Math should high
schoolers be learning)

As always, let us know what you think ---

 

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