THE CURRICULUM FOR THE FUTURE
DEVELOPING THE NECESSARY SKILLS FOR A GOOD LIFE
Books: A Whole New Mind, David Pink
The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman,
WE'VE GOT TO HAVE THESE BASIC CAPABILITIES!
We need these curricula to start and be taught at each of the grades and levels of education. We need also to know that each of us is capable of learning and doing these:
Rate each of these on a % competency basis and then decide whether and how fast to get to a higher level that you think would enhance your life!
THE KEY SKILLS Search for pieces on any skill:
__ Core To Your Life
__ Learning effectively
__ Thinking effectively
__ Thought processing
__ Critical thinking
__ Basic analysis (core to problem solving, decisions)
__ Emotional management (aka "intelligence")
__ Beliefs management
__ Taking responsibility ("invisible" to some, but required for a good life!
__ Problem solving, decision-making (a form of thinking)
__ Learning to describe what one sees
__ Unstructured problem solving
__ Nailing down what is of highest value and prioritizing
__ Designing the steps to get there
__ Adjusting (correcting) for feedback from results
__ Time management (allocating time and effort to highest life value creation)
__ Information management - How to access and use information
__ How to live life and how things work and how to work them
(We must master how not to believe fears (we no longer get to numb out and be mechanical or unproductive, which means there will be less and less that is structured - and to handle that we need to rise to a higher level of thinking and to a place where we no longer fear unreasonably.)
We'll build this section later, after we've mastered the above pieces.
Oral - Try to convince someone
Written - Try to convince someone
Playing with our imagination
Where do "tests" fit in all of this?
Will we engage in just teaching to the test. Are we doing accountability on the cheap. Our multiple choice tests tell us nothing about the critical skills. We've got to test whether a student can reason, analyze, hypothesize, weigh evidence, read text well and really comprehend what they're reading, how well they can communicate the things that matter most. All young people will need to get and keep these skills.