P21 Website Review and Reaction

In this post I will review the Partnership for 21st Century Skills site.

P21 Mission Statement 

To serve as a catalyst to position 21st century readiness at the center of US K12 education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders.

http://www.p21.org/index.php

  • Your reaction to the website

I found this website to be a great place to find out what other educators and professionals are implementing and doing when it comes to preparing todays youth for the 21st Century in terms of jobs and skills.  I really like how the site was laid out and how simple it was to navigate and locate any topic I was interested in researching.

  • Information on the site that surprised you or helped you develop a new understanding of the issues surrounding 21st-century skills

This portion below,from the Mission Statement included on the site, is something I will use as a template and comparison chart for how I will conduct my won classroom form here on out.

Twenty-First Century Children 

Every child in the U.S. needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders. This can be accomplished by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs. 

There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces.

To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs:

  • The 3Rs include: English, reading or language arts; mathematics; science; foreign languages; civics; government; economics; arts; history; and geography.
  • The 4Cs include: critical thinking and problem solving; communication, collaboration; and creativity and innovation. 

As the 3Rs serve as an umbrella for other subjects and core content, the 4Cs are a shorthand for all the skills needed for success in college, career, and life.

  • Information or opinions on the site that you disagree with along with an explanation of why you disagree

One concern I have for this site is the choice of some of the sponsors it has approved.  No one particular sticks out, but I am often leery of certain corporations who choose to partner with this type of movement.  In my experience, some corporations only see things, education related, as a way to further their bottom line and help foster a society where only their ideals are seen as important.  Essentially they only become a partner to help themselves be seen as supporting education, where in reality they could care less about what is happening in todays educational realm.

  • The implications for your students and for you as a contemporary educator

The ability to access this site and use their findings and resources to better educate my class and prepare them for their future is an essential tool in my teacher toolbox.  My ability to adjust how I teach and the content I include will make me a better teacher and enable my students to get all they can from their 4th grade year!

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