What should be the outcomes of K-12 schooling? How do we know if we’ve achieved them? – Philadelphia, PA, United States, ASCD EDge Blog post – A Professinal Networking Community for Educators

This is the first of two commentaries examining the “bottom line” of K-12 education– what the larger community should expect from schools in terms of student outcomes (this commentary), and what educators (and others) should demand in terms of inputs (the next commentary, part 2). This commentary is purposely designed to be thought-provoking and somewhat controversial, and I hope that many people will comment, make suggestions, ask questions, and join in this important exploration.

It is imperative that we decide on what every student should know and be able to do as a result of their schooling experience, in the face of a world with growing and overwhelming amounts of accessible knowledge, search engines, new forms of social networking, career changes, computers, amazing science and technological advances, a primarily service and knowledge based economy, and complex global and national issues. As they leave high school, students should demonstrate that they are ready for their next journey, whether it is college, job training, the military, or some other option.

via What should be the outcomes of K-12 schooling? How do we know if we’ve achieved them? – Philadelphia, PA, United States, ASCD EDge Blog post – A Professinal Networking Community for Educators.

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