Monday, September 17, 2012

Wednesday (Early) + Survey - What Should Students Learn in the 21st Century?

Join me at an early time on Wednesday, September 19th, for a live and interactive webinar with Charles Fadel on "What Should Students Learn in the 21st Century?" Charles believes that before fixing the how, we should be fixing the what, and he is rethinking the curriculum and standards from the ground up. My sense is that both need to be addressed, and will enjoy hearing from Charles both on his prioritization and on the actual results of his new work as the founder & chairman at the Center for Curriculum Redesign.

Charles has created a survey he'd appreciate you filling out and your support in promoting: “This presentation will explore the stunning recent advances of technology (A.I., Robotics, Biotech) and describe their impact on jobs and society.  Creativity and innovation in particular will be explored  and contrast man vs machine. All this has profound implications for 'what students should learn in the 21st century,' and this survey aims at collecting the opinions of teachers worldwide." Please consider responding and also letting others know about the survey.

Date: Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Time: 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable .mp3 recording is at
Mightybell Space: Resources, videos, links, and conversation about the interview can be found here.


What should students learn in the 21st century?

The mission of the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) is to answer this timely question, and openly propagate its recommendations and frameworks on a worldwide basis. The CCR brings together non-governmental organizations, jurisdictions, academic institutions, corporations, and non-profit organizations including foundations.

The last major changes to curriculum were effected in the late 1800’s as a response to the sudden growth in societal and human capital needs. As the world of the 21st century bears little resemblance to that of the 19th century, education curricula need to be deeply redesigned for the full triad of Knowledge, Skills, and Character, and keeping in the forefront the Meta-layer/fourth dimension of: learning how to learn, interdisciplinarity, etc.  Adapting to 21st century needs means revisiting each dimension and the interplay between them.

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