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Growing Gap Between What Business Needs and What Education Provides - Forbes

Growing Gap Between What Business Needs and What Education Provides - Forbes | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
There are all sorts of reasons to get an education. It gives you perspective on the world, it makes you a complete person, and of course most importantly of all, it helps you build a career.
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LLatipi's curator insight, February 16, 2013 8:05 PM

Simply said, this is a great article!

Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 17, 2013 12:38 AM

Perhaps our time, the here and now is redolent of times gone past where education had to face significant public criticism and attempt significant adjustments. The early 20th sentury in the USA was such a time.  Educators need to lead from a firm values base and in line with what is best for students.

Lou Salza's curator insight, February 18, 2013 7:01 PM

1. The paradox of high unemployment and a war for talent continues.

We don’t have a jobs crisis in the world, we have a skills crisis. Some clear evidence from this report.

45% of US employers say lack of skills is the “main reason” for entry-level vacanciesOnly 42% of worldwide employers believe new graduates are adequately prepared for work.

This data echoes the data we hear regularly from clients. Companies need to invest heavily in internal development programs to stay competitive. Our research shows that the training industry grew by 12% this year, the highest level in 9 years.

This research also shows that employers would be willing to pay new workers 22% higher salaries if they did have the skills they need. Employers want “ready made” employees.

2. Worldwide educational institutions are out of sync with employer needs.

While 42% of employers believe newly educated workers are ready for work, 72% of educational institutions do. This is an enormous mis-match. Primary and secondary educational institutions are not keeping in touch with corporate recruiters and the needs of business.

Again our research validates this completely. Most of our clients are investing heavily in new corporate universities, onboarding programs, and what we call “continuous learning” programs. In fact the L&D industry is in the middle of a renaissance, as companies try to reinvent all types of training around new internet technologies.

3. Students don’t perceive that traditional education methods drive job skills.

The #1 cited way (60%) students believe they learn skills is through “on the job training.” (Our reserach shows that 72% of business managers say the same thing.) 58% cite that “hands-on learning” is best.

Lectures are the lowest rated learning method (30%) tied with “traditional online learning” (30%).

Unfortunately most colleges still rely heavily on lectures and the “for-profit” distance learning institutions rely heavily on “traditional online learning.” (Only 24% of academic program graduates say that they use hands-on learning in their program.)

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I've got 99 problems but a test ain't one

I've got 99 problems but a test ain't one | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
As the semester draws to a close, I look back at my grade book and I see all of the assignments, essays and projects I have given and a smile appears on my
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Reflections of a test-free teacher

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Sir Ken Robinson On The Role Of Policy In Education

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Sir Ken Robinson talks about the role of policy in education. He was interviewed at The Blue School in New York City, September 2010.

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Education is a gift.  The challenges before us (for our kids) are going to be different than any other generation.  

 

Innovation is where it is.............

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Oh How Things Have Changed: A Reflection

Oh How Things Have Changed:  A Reflection | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Building 21st Century Competencies in our Students
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Great insight: Teachers need to be at the front of the line, leading the change.
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Exiting the Race to Nowhere to Enter the Road Made by Walking

Exiting the Race to Nowhere to Enter the Road Made by Walking | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Thank you, Elle:

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Lordy, do you not want to gobble this kid up!?

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The Secret To Fixing Bad Schools

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The striking achievement of Union City, N.J. — bringing poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream — argues for reinventing the public schools we have.
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It seems to me they had a vision (pre-k to HS); created a plan and implemented it well.  That is where the magic is:  know your purpose, make a plan and do what you say you will do.

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Kio Stark » Don’t Go Back to School

Kio Stark » Don’t Go Back to School | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

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Gggggggggggggeeeez.  having you been talking to my kid?~!

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Jesse Soininen's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:35 PM

Wow

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I always thought....

I always thought.... | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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"I always thought....the cutout school hurt many beautiful, brilliant children; that kids love to learn and do it quite naturally.  I sensed many didn't buy what we were selling.  "

 

This came from being raised alongside my eldest brother, who spent days on the janitor's lawnmower- typically in trouble and paddled for re-wiring the classroom lighting system or some other ambitious endeavor.  The women in charge weren't as delighted as I was that my brother was brilliant like that.  

 

Then I gave birth to a drummer who sees and hears music in everything that moves.  School pounded at him and I deeply regret riding him about the homework that took him away from his music.  Luckily, he forgives me and has found music in physics and is deeply engaged in this  learning at 20.  

 

Still reeling about a wonderful entry I read this week:  http://plpnetwork.com/2012/11/08/think/

 

For years, when I would indicate that the environment was the problem with kids who spent their days in school with a hypnotic gaze, not hearing anything the teacher said- people would look at me like I was crazy.  At one point, I thought they might be right.  

 

So happy to find twitter and people who know we can do better for all kids.  We can set the context and develop the relationships.  We can nurture our fringe kids who aren't buying what we've been laying down.  They want to be "full" of learning, they just don't like having it poured down their throats.  I hope I am around to see the changes that are coming; the ones that will increasingly allow all kids to find and master their "thing".  

 

 

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How Will Common Core Change What We Do?

How Will Common Core Change What We Do? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
As full implementation of Common Core State Standards nears, educators are searching for answers to three questions: 1) What are the CC State Standards? 2) How will they change what I do?

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Great summary of how CC will create needed change in how students think and learn

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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 6, 2013 12:38 PM

Erin Powers has a nice way of summarzing the common core and the anticipated changes in teaching and learning. I especially appreciate that she see potential to focus on deep learning. We need this shift away from testing madness.

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In Search of Hecuba's Torch: An Educator's Quest for Meaning: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For

In Search of Hecuba's Torch: An Educator's Quest for Meaning: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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Another brilliant post by a Jem of a gal............

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We can change

We can change | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
The first of two posts on the past, present, and future of urban schooling (RT @msdf_foundation: Public education is a set of guiding principles.

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Wow........  we HAVE tried ALMOST everything.  

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Open learning spaces: Consulting our youngest learners

Open learning spaces: Consulting our youngest learners | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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Consulting kids while designing learning spaces is a great idea.  Here is what these kids said they needed:  

 

Natural light is important Windows at a low level helped children make connections with outside i.e. to be able to see cars, garden just outside, things going on Different flooring levels: children enjoyed the ‘stage’ level in the Hub Movement between indoor and outdoor learning settings was important Outdoor settings for learning i.e. covered seating outside Baking in the Staff Room- easily solved according to the children by having cooking facilities in their hub. Small spaces Quiet spaces 

 

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We thrive when we learn according to ourselves

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We thrive when we learn according to ourselves; we wither when we learn at the beck and call of others.
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Really love this:  

 

'We thrive when we learn according to ourselves; we wither when we learn at the beck and call of others. We build community and sow trust when we protect others’ rights to learn as they are; we throttle community and reap mistrust when we insist that others learn as we do – or as we teach."

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How Should We Rebuild the U.S. Education System? - Forbes

How Should We Rebuild the U.S. Education System? - Forbes | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Three learning enthusiasts share their blueprints for rebuilding the U.S. education system.
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Failure is Mandatory: Creating a Culture of Innovation

Failure is Mandatory: Creating a Culture of Innovation | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

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Students as Change Agents

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Lately, I have been struggling through a bit of a sophomore slump — if you will.  I am over half-way through my second year as a junior high school principal, and I must admit that, at times, I find the experience overwhelming.
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" I can not help but marvel at the learning experiences derived from truly empowering students — allowing them to recognize their potential to work as agents of change."


My children are different ....I know this is true.  

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A warning to college profs from a high school teacher

A warning to college profs from a high school teacher | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
"Please do not blame those of us in public schools for how unprepared for higher education the students arriving at your institutions are.
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Whew.  I'm one for pushing the boundaries and wonder, again and again:  What REALLY would happen with thest scores if we did it the way we thought best.  

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“Don’t Let the Sorting Define You….”

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Cross posted on Figuring It Out by  Johnny Bevacqua   The other day I spoke to a group of students at our academic Honour Roll assemblies.  For the last few years I have attended and spoken at these assemblies with mixed emotions and a sort of...

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Karen Rockhold's curator insight, February 8, 2013 6:26 AM

Such an important message!

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"I asked them to follow their hearts, their passions.  I asked them to explore new opportunities, to always persevere and put their best foot forward.  I asked them to define themselves NOT by any external achievements, but rather by their own internal best efforts and passions."

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Learning no longer has to stop

Learning no longer has to stop | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
we are often forced to ask students to put their learning on hold … if not stop it all together while they compete for resources.
That is a topic for next year.  STOP
Today’s lesson is on page 43.  Turn to that page and do only questions 4 and 5.

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For my #miched tweeps

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:36 PM

This is why some kids get in trouble for putting in headphones.  

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Would You Hire Your Own Kids? 7 Skills Schools Should Be Teaching Them - THE DAILY RIFF - Be Smarter. About Education.

Would You Hire Your Own Kids? 7 Skills Schools Should Be Teaching Them - THE DAILY RIFF - Be Smarter. About Education. | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Tony Wagner, Former HS teacher, Principal & Co-Director At Harvard School Of Education Posts. "The Ability To Ask The Right Questions Is The Single Most Important Skill."
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Two things resonate with me:  asking good questions and giving good eye contact.  

 

The question is at the core of thinking and learning.  Teachers need to ask good questions.  Students need to generate more questions.  This can be taught.  

 

Eye contact........yes.  The eyes are the window to the soul.  

 

More great insight to ponder in this article.  

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edrethink | Education Rethink: Why Aren't Teachers More Innovative?

edrethink | Education Rethink: Why Aren't Teachers More Innovative? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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Unwilling to grasp the instructional implications of kids’ differences and complexity

Unwilling to grasp the instructional implications of kids’ differences and complexity | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
I have strong feelings about what kids should learn, which is why I’d put them in charge of their own educations. Experience assures me they’ll get where they need to go, and do so more efficiently than will otherwise be possible.
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The differences DO make the one-size, cookie cutter assessment plan meaningless.  

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Guest column: Everyone has a plan for education reform, except educators - MLive.com

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Guest column: Everyone has a plan for education reform, except educators
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Earlier this week there was yet another conference on educational reform hosted by The Center for Michigan.

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We need a shared vision!

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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 3, 2013 12:39 PM

This is the perception of many:

"Certainly the educators’ voice is part of the mix in all these various reports, but where is the road map from the educational community showing us their way? Shouldn't the education community, which includes teachers, principals, parents, superintendents and school board members be developing a shared vision and common agenda for insuring that our children receive the education they need and deserve?"

 

How do we change this perception when we know it is inaccurate?

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I used to think…

I used to think… | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
My students are competent to show me what they need. I'm becoming a better teacher by giving up a lot of what I used to think.
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How do I comment?  One of the BEST entries ever!  How courageous! Major applaud.  

 

"I used to think that some kids weren’t cut out for school. They were lazy, unmotivated, and not “academic,” as if being academic was the most important thing in the world. Now I’ve come to realize that it’s the cutout school that’s the problem. Kids love to learn and do it quite naturally. They just might not be buying what I’m selling."

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