According to one of our reading’s this week, the book, “Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World“, had some very strong points author, Heidi Hayes Jacobs made.
She had three reasons for writing the book. The first reason was to work on the curriculum mapping. The curriculum needs to match the needs of the learners AND meet the standards set by local and state boards. The second reason that she wrote this book was because of the traveling she had done. Jacobs was able to see education and how other countries were doing it. The third reason that she wrote it was because of politics. Jacobs wanted to explain that how the world is functioning and compare it to how we are preparing our students. Are we preparing them correctly?
Jacobs refered to going to school as time travel. Students were leaving the 21st century and entering a building that was still teaching with methods from the 19th century. This is proving to be ineffective. Her strongest point that stood out seemed to be that we are not looking for a school reform, but a whole new form. It is just a matter of discovering this form and then starting change. It is a matter or realizing what is happening now with education is not meeting the students needs. If we are not trying to fulfill the needs of our students, then what are we doing with our time?