“The Opportunity to Participate in Civic and Deliberative Discussions”

We have a case to make, I think, for valuing the immeasurable over that which can be easily measured, and that the powerful role that schools can play now is not delivering that narrow curriculum which is now in a million places but in developing the skills and dispositions or the “opportunity to participate in civic and deliberative discussions” which, at the end of the day, is kinda hard to machine score.

via Will · Valuing the Immeasurable.

Perhaps this is the true purpose and meaning of what we mean by “21st Century Skills” or “21st Century Teaching and Learning.” Now is the time to require children to participate in the “civic and deliberative discussions” that impact them and will continue to when they reach adulthood. It’s that which is immeasurable that will empower students to take ownership of their learning. The measurable is too confining and ultimately, not enough.

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