MINNESOTA
About 21st Century Skills
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Why They Are Needed
-- The World Is Changing
-- Global Competition
-- Different Skills Required
-- Education Must Change
Why They Are Important
-- Closing the Gap
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-- Core Subjects
-- Learning and Innovation Skills
-- Information Media and Technology Skills
-- Life and Career Skills
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Education Must Change

The teaching model that led to the successful growth of our economy over the past 60 years must change as the drivers of the economy shift to services. Education must challenge our 21st Century learners to keep them interested and stimulate their learning through technology and multimedia.

New 21st Century contexts

  20th Century   21st Century
Number of jobs 1 - 2 jobs   10 - 15 jobs
       
Job requirement Mastery of one field   Flexibility and adaptability
       
Teaching model Subject matter mastery   Integration of 21st Century Skills into subject matter mastery
       
Assessment model Subject matter mastery   Integration of 21st Century Skills into subject matter mastery

Assessments must also adapt to measure the progress in preparing our students for success. Students' communication, creativity, and information and technology literacy must be measured in addition to their proficiency in the traditional core subjects.