When was it school personnel used to talk about what students should "know and be able to do?"
For the last few years, whenever I've thought of it, I've checked my district's documents for the words "knowledge" and/or "know." So far, I haven't found them.
What I have found is lots of references to understanding. Students in my district will understand this, that, and the other.
Occasionally, too, a district document will mention 21st century skills.
Which sets me to wondering...how exactly does one acquire a 21st century skill?
Can you memorize a 21st century skill? (And if you can, would that be kosher?)
Can you practice a 21st century skill until you get really good at it?
And does aptitude for 21st century skills fall on a bell curve?
Can you be gifted in 21st century skills?
Are there specific 21st century skill learning disabilities?
This could be big.