What we know about what kids will need

2 Things we learned in this article: Century Talent Spotting – LINK

1 – VUCA is how they describe the world that educators are sending their students . . . But we contend that the environment that schools strive to be is dependable, predictable, simple and definite. VUCA – means a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment (VUCA is the military-acronym-turned-corporate-buzzword)

2 – Here is the “talent” that is most desired in the current marketplace:

Curiosity: a penchant for seeking out new experiences, knowledge, and candid feedback and an openness to learning and change

Insight: the ability to gather and make sense of information that suggests new possibilities

Engagement: a knack for using emotion and logic to communicate a persuasive vision and connect with people

Determination: the wherewithal to fight for difficult goals despite challenges and to bounce back from adversity

Here is how we propose getting students ready for the Test of Life Not Just the Test 21st LINK

Brian Pete & Robin Fogarty


Good News! We Can Cancel The Common Core Tests | The Huffington Post

When trying to figure out why public policy becomes public policy . . . it’s always best to follow the money – Common Core Tests are Big Money and they don’t really tell us much we don’t already know.


Tienken and his team used just three pieces of demographic data—

1) percentage of families in the community with income over $200K

2) percentage of people in the community in poverty

3) percentage of people in community with bachelor’s degreesUsing that data alone, Tienken was able to predict school district test results accurately in most cases. In New Jersey 300 or so middle schools, the team could predict middle school math and language arts test scores for well over two thirds of the schools.

Source: Good News! We Can Cancel The Common Core Tests | The Huffington Post