Bernie Trilling, author of "21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times" presented the keynote address for the second day of the TIES Conference. I must say that I was conflicted about his presentation and not all that impressed. It really seemed more about selling books than anything really substantive. Mostly, I am tired of that term "21st Century" and the constant presupposition that the primary reason we have schools is to prepare kids to compete for jobs. I am now at a point where I am ready to start saying that anyone who refers to the future as "the 21st century" is stuck in the past. While I largely agree with Trilling on pedagogy I am uneasy about focusing too much only on the future. I came away feeling like his message was to ignore the past and we all know that those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it. What follows is an archive of my live tweets from the event:
#ties10 Trilling: like we have one foot on an old industrial boat & one foot on a new iboat.
#ties10 Trilling: eventually we are going to have to decide which boat
#ties10 Trilling: What do we need to be successful in the 21st century?
#ties10 Trilling: I want you to take your rearview mirrors and throw them out.
#ties10 the quote, "those who do not know the past are doomed to repeat it" comes to mind
#ties10 on Trilling's 2nd ? he stopped sharing poll responses 1/2 way through results & didn't share ?3 results. Why?
#ties10 Trilling: 65% of student are bored in class.
#ties10 Are students ready to work? [is this really the most important question? Is this really the primary purpose of school?]
#ties10 Trilling: there is a global consensus on the "7c skills"
I am with Trilling on pedagogy here but can we stop using the term 21st century & talking in terms of business? Please. #ties10