Film Offers Another Thought of School

Kyle Wingfield, a blogger, posted an excellent referral to a film documentary called, “Most Likely to Succeed.” As Wingfield points out, the pathway that the creators of the documentary suggest includes a “shift from drilling kids on content, a readily available commodity, toward developing “soft skills” [appropriately, the film prefers “critical skills”] such as written […]

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A Perspective on “Critical Skills”

In an examination about critical skills, a perspective is in order inasmuch as “one size does not necessarily fit all.” This is true if the examination is about “soft skills” – SCANS, “Critical Skills,” “Skills for the Twenty First Century,” etc. There are a variety of such “skills” as well as other skills that enter […]

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Competency Based Education – Catching on?

Julian L. Alssid, Chief Strategist for College for America, has written an interesting and highly relevant blog post concerning Competency Based Education. As he states in his post, “Competency-based education (CBE), which is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace is taking hold.” Alssid points out that […]

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Purdue University Creates Competency-Based Technology Degree

Purdue University sees the wisdom of competency based instruction and has created a technology degree based on COMPETENCIES – not test scores. As Purdue President Mitch Daniels explains, “This degree enables students to work closely with their faculty mentor to create a personalized plan of study around their explored interests. “It allows the student to […]

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