Economics of an Education — Recent education policy talk has been dominated by the fact that our economic prosperity is at risk if our schools do not improve.
Comparative data, though not perfect, derived from large scale assessments provides a quantifiable measure to compare schools, states, and nations.
It is easy to be consumed by the quantifiable and the measurable. These are the buzz words of our day. Yet, what happens if the knowledge and skills they test are irrelevant to student success today?
What happens if the skills that are most necessary in students for this century…the next and for the next…are timeless skills such as: critical thinking, empathy, communication, resilience, and social-emotional skills.
How do we measure these in our education system?
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