The United States Educational Paradigm: Meeting the Needs of Present Day Students

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Is the current educational paradigm adequate to meet the needs of present day students? Can America retain its place on the global market if the student continue to be educated using the strategies and methods that we currently operate under. Our students must be critical problem solvers. The development and successful implementation of 21st Century Learning Skills by the present day student will ensure their continued academic success on the global scene. The American school system has long since been a driving force in education. The world has looked to us for current trends in education as well as for the development of new learning paradigms. 21st Century Learning Skills offer six key elements for the continued academic success of students. First, the educational system must emphasize the core subjects. Secondly, the educational system must emphasize the development of new learning skills. Thirdly, the educational system must emphasize the use of 21st century tools to develop these learning skills. Fourthly, the educational system must emphasize the importance of teaching and learning 21st century context. Fifthly, the educational system must emphasize the importance of teaching and learning 21st century content. Finally, the educational system must emphasize the importance of using 21st century assessments to measure 21st century skills. First, the educational system must emphasize the core subjects. 21st century skills are not seeking to get rid of the old but rather pair with it. 21st Century Skills are meant to be used in conjunction with those skills already in place. The core subjects of reading, writing, math and written expression can never be removed from the educational setting. Students... ... middle of paper ... ...ology age? Students must be taught to address their own needs. They must take responsibility for their learning and engage increased critical thinking. Sources: Bustos, J. (2008, Nov 24). District receives grant for after-school programs. The Daily Gazette Cramer, M. (2009, Jul). Digital Portfolio: Documenting Student Growth. Horace, v.25, Marzano, R. (2007). The Art and Science of Teaching. ( Julie. Houtz, Ed.). Alexandra, VA: ASCD. Mathews, J. (2008, Jan 5). The Rush for '21st- Century Skills'; New Buzz Phrase Draws Mixed Interpretations From Educators. The Washington Post Sardone, N. (2010). Teacher Candidate Responses to Digital Games. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, v42 pp. 409-425. Teicher-Khadaroo, S. (2009). Schools tap '21st Century Skills'. The Christian Science Monitor,

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