Designing K-12 Education for the Innovation Economy

Esther Wojcicki, Educator, Board Chair, Learning Matters; Vice Chairman Creative Commons.

Students who do real-world problem solving in the classroom learning to innovate, create, and problem solve are preparing for a world we cannot even imagine.

Esther WojcickiHow do governments worldwide expect graduating students to be ready for the jobs of the 21st century if they are using pedagogy developed for the 19th century?  Students who are required to sit quietly passively listening to lectures for 13 years are not practicing problem solving; they are practicing their ‘nation of sheep’ skills, following directions.  Students who do real-world problem solving in the classroom learning to innovate, create, and problem solve are preparing for a world we cannot even imagine. The Media Arts program at Palo Alto High has produced thousands of students over the past 25 years most of whom are CEOs, entrepreneurs, journalists, and professionals. That is why more than 600 students per year elect to take media arts. They want to learn to think.

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