Are your students smarter than a computer?

Unattributed, Board Buzz, Sept 30, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Automation – turning tasks over to a computer - is continuing to eliminate jobs," reports Board Buzz. This changes the nature of education and training - a lead-in to link to a report (HTML overview, full report in PDF) describing the characteristics of a 21st century education. "Districts must do a better job attending the application of knowledge and skills, going beyond simply teaching students to 'reproduce' what they are taught within familiar contexts, as well as encouraging students to develop broader competencies related to critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity."
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