Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group has identified what he calls a “global achievement gap,” which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future. The presentation below was given at the Asia Society in 2009. Dr. Wagner quotes Albert Einstein who says, “The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution.” Wagner says we need to reframe our educational problem. Rather than focusing on reform, we ought to focus on “rethinking, re-imagining, and re-conceptualizing education for the 21st century.” Today’s students need to master the skills for a successful career, skills for continuous learning, and skills for active and informed citizenship. Teaching Generation Z effectively demands that educators carefully consider the different ways this generation is motivated to learn.
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