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Core Knowledge Does Not Equal 21st-Century Skills

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The folks at Common Core and Core Knowledge take issue with Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's equating core knowledge with 21st-century skills. In blog posts here and here, the organizations take shots at the Democrat's P-16 education plan, outlined in his 2009 budget proposal. It calls for "mastery of core knowledge, critical thinking, possibility thinking, knowledge creation, development of strong interpersonal skills and effective work habits."

I have a feeling that the governor and the Common Core/Core Knowledge advocates have two distinctly different ideas about content.

"For the sake of Ohio’s students, we hope the governor and his advisors learn the difference between knowledge and skills," Common Core's Lynne Munson writes.

Over at Core Knowledge, Robert Pondiscio includes a rather humorous comparison of the governor's colorful circle chart with the artistry of another, more famous Ted: as in Geisel, A.K.A. Dr. Seuss.

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I would like some feedback on technology use in lower grades. I teach first grade in a small school district in middle Georgia. Some of our classrooms have Active Boards, or Smart Boards, as sometimes called, but I don't. My students aren't subjected to as much media as others in my building yet they always do as well, if not better, on benchmark testing and unit tests. Does anyone feel that media use in lower grades is pushing the limits of these young minds or is it opening a channel for easier absorption of material?

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