The concept of 21st Century Learning Skills are one of three philosophical foundations of the new APPR system and the NYSUT Rubric we are using for teacher evaluation.
A recent blog post on the www.edutopia.org site by Ken Kay on this topic caught my attention. and I thought I would share a salient quote from the article and a link so you can read the entire thing if you are so inclined.
“Over the years we found some people had a hard time getting their heads around the framework. It called for 18 skills, and people thought this was too many. Others thought we wanted to replace content with skills, when, in fact, we wanted to fuse content and skills together. We came up with the phrase, ‘Fusing the 3R’s with the 4C’s.'”