Feel-Bad Education – Alfie Kohn On What Schools Do Wrong

Competitive with 21st Century Skills?

  • Kohn warns about the use of these terms by educators. Competitions have winners and losers where goals aren’t excellence but victory. Just because we have crossed a century barrier doesn’t mean that something magical has changed. Alfie takes a tongue-in-cheek approach by saying we should shoot for 22nd century learning. In doing so he mixes humor with a valuable warning that we should focus on students and not on preparing people to win a global economic battle. (Doug: It think that if we do what’s best for students that it will also be what’s best for future employers.)
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