Critical skills vital
policies they believe would stop this decline by getting “tough” on education.
The trouble with the backto-basics agenda is it oversimplifies learning and teaching.
Firstly, I don’t believe there is an education crisis and, even if there were, simplistic solutions are not going to guarantee improvement where it counts most. Secondly, the back-to-basics call seems to be more about wanting students to remember and regurgitate facts on tests than teaching them to think deeply, extend their understanding and apply knowledge in new ways.
While memory processes are important in learning, the focus now is on how we develop the critical skills … needed to participate in today’s world.
Parents can encourage these skills every day by asking simple “how” and “why” questions. For example, how can I support my child to play and how can I actively encourage my child to ask questions and look for solutions?
The future will belong to those students who own their learning and are able to think critically … The answers will be found by looking forward, not to the past.