Self-contradiction isn't uncommon for Ravitch; her switching up on NCLB, school choice, and accountability and higher standards are all well documented. Her new views on NAEP illustrate yet again that what's she's most consistent on is advancing her own narrative.
Unrelated to new technologies, or digital literacy, 21st Century Skills are all about desirable character traits. I'm all for a move away from dependence on standardized test scores, but the focus on "character" is suspect.
If you take a peek inside a college students' backpack, in many cases you will find that smartphones, tablets, portable computers and e-readers have long since replaced more traditional essentials such as notebooks, pencils and textbooks.
Our children will continue to cheat as long as parents, businesses, political leaders, media and schools support a culture that, despite lip service to the contrary, values getting to the top instead of doing the right thing.
Chicago's professional community understands that they have to connect earlier with students in hopes of building their future workforce. We have to help STEM come alive during those formidable years of middle school when science starts to become more difficult.