kitchen table math, the sequel: What century is it again?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What century is it again?

"You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text," Kerry told the CBS program "Face the Nation."
Kerry condemns Russia's 'incredible act of aggression' in Ukraine
BY WILL DUNHAM
WASHINGTON Sun Mar 2, 2014 10:40am EST
I read this out loud to Ed over breakfast the other day and we both burst out laughing.

We've spent a lot of time stewing over our district's obsession with 21st century skills. Ed's line: "The schools are teaching 21st century skills, so we have to teach the 19th-century ones."

Here's our new fantastically well-compensated superintendent telling the board how warmed-over, pre-crash Tony Wagner is "being used district-wide":



The super is a Common Core enthusiast, too.

Pop quiz: how many times do the words "21st-century skills" appear in Common Core?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish I was going to live to see the 22nd century. This one's no good at all.

BL

Catherine Johnson said...

You are a STITCH!

I'm guffawing.

Inwardly.

SteveH said...

"The super is a Common Core enthusiast"

Your super is an enthusiast of low expectations?

Anonymous said...

I think SteveH just out-stitched me.

gasstationwithoutpumps said...

"You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text," Kerry told the CBS program "Face the Nation."

So why didn't anyone say that to Bush before we invaded Iraq?

Catherine Johnson said...

That was Ed's immediate reaction -- we've already invaded 3 countries this century., & none of those countries thought we had a good pretext, either.

Pretext is in the eye of the beholder.

TerriW said...

And all the trouble I have to go through (homeschooling, etc) to make sure my kids have 1st century skills: grammar, dialetic, rhetoric.

Catherine Johnson said...

We have definitely moved on from 1st-century skills...

Catherine Johnson said...

The answer to "How many times does CC mention 21st-century skills" is: ZERO.

kcab said...

The answer to "How many times does CC mention 21st-century skills" is: ZERO.

Well that's a point in their favor!

I can't believe how fast this century is going by.

Catherine Johnson said...

I know!

On both counts...