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Our present school system will not
provide the knowledge or skills our
citizens will need for the 21st Century.
We need a pilot 21st Century
Knowledge Age School.
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The Educational Reasons:
one third of Ontario’s elementary students fail
to meet the provincial standards of literacy and
one quarter of high school students drop out
before graduation – a further one quarter of the
students are arguably undereducated.
one third of the Toronto students have no
academic help outside the classroom.
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The Economic Reasons:
Manufacturing and Web 1.0 technology (20% of
wealth base and diminishing) has moved to Mexico,
China and India.
Natural resources (10% of wealth base) are depleting
and are more costly to harvest in a Green era, but will
help in the short term.
Service sector (70% of wealth base) is the potential
remaining source for new long term wealth generation.
Different skills and knowledge are required to build
wealth in this sector.
The old era is over
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Does that mean we’re lost? No.
Because we have:
The foundation, funding and tradition of
universal, compulsory, public education
A diverse, multi-cultural and very ambitious
population with major links to most other nations
An economy that can support the transformation
better than in most other countries
No other country, except for the USA, is ahead of
us so far.
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What are these skills for the 21st
Why can’t schools just adapt to them?
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The 21st Century skills
Mastery of core skills and content
Team work, partnerships and collaboration
Critical thinking and analytical skills
Problem solving skills
Creative and innovative approaches
Superior personal and technical communication skills
Flexible organization skills
Personal management skills
Comfortably operating in a Web 2.0, 3.0 and future
Global awareness and understanding
It’s not about laptops. It's about shouldertops.
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Why can’t the schools just change to meet the
Because teachers are mandated first and
foremost to deliver ‘subjects’ to ‘classes of students’
and only incidentally to build learning, solving and
co-operative skills – even among themselves.
Because ‘content’ is the master, not the servant.
Because most of the requisite 21st Century skills
and technology are inconsequential in schools.
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Key 21st Century skills that are presently
incidental or not commonly counted for marks:
Most Web 2.0 programs and devices
Team self-directed program organization
Group problem solving for marks
Schedule outside of timetabled subject classes
Skills in Web 2.0 world
Global awareness and understanding
Learning is still a personal contract between
individual teachers and students, K to 25.
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But there are all sorts of reformed, ‘alternative
schools’ and/or programs:
GBLT – diverse gender identity
These are socially reconfigured schools, not
Educational reform is creating a new system,
no matter what the social configuration.
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That being the case, what’s next?
Putting the pieces together
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Key 21st Century elements involved in
creating the KA School:
Curriculum/program (Results that Matter)
Organization (The Economist, January 21, 2006)
Facilities (The Language of School Design)
Form follows function
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Curriculum/Program: From classroom to
directed learning -
Problem solving design
Key skills and content covered
Organized around a growing understanding of
Schools organized in divisions by ages of students: Up
to 7 years old; 8 and 9; 10 and 11; Middle I, 12 and 13;
Middle II, 14 and 15; and Senior, 16 and 17.
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The Learning Organization:
Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline
Teacher created/directed curriculum/program designed
to a mandate from the Board:
Vision: Prosperity in the Knowledge Age
Mission: Create an organizational model that reflects and
realizes the vision
Goals: 90% of the students to graduate from school and 70%
prepared to follow further education
Values: No harm, inclusive, accountable
Implementation: Community exploration frame, deepening
over the years to grow into global partners.
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From ‘cells and bells’ to ‘community’ learning centre.
To accommodate at least 15 learning modalities
Web 2.0 + technology based
Individual/team exhibition/performance driven
Problem-based team learning
Green and geothermal
Collaborative and partnership-based
Centred on the Personal Learning Profile
Active, constructivist learning
With acknowledgements to Piaget, Gardner and Nair et
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And Now to Action:
Realizing the 21st Century Knowledge Age
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The Action Plan
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Cost Ranges for the Pilot Project
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And the Payback is -
$760,000 lifetime earnings:
+ welfare, health care, detention
One saved student“
Annual 20,000 dropouts mean
Attract new students = more
Whole new industry for job
growth in the new economy.
1,000’s of export jobs.
Marketing to global market“
With out-of-country paid
enrolment: $3,000,000 p.a.
Annual budget $6,000,000“
Leading schools good for
$5 million to 7 million.21st
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3 years’ payback$500,000Green/geothermal
Seminal investment$2,500,000Trained Core Team of 35
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Where do we find the investment?
Government (Ministry and School Board): (One half of funds)
The normal per pupil operating budget
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Public subscription: (One quarter of funds)
Foundations, Corporations and Chambers of Commerce
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Corporate providers (ground floor of huge new industry) (One
quarter of funds)
Web 2.0 systems and equipment
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Call to action
What more do we need to know before we
What have we to gain by creating the pilot
21st Century, K A School
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