The Global Achievement Gap Analysis

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In most educational reform literature today it includes the term 21st Century as a main statement in its dialogue. Already a decade into the 21st Century educators, policymakers, and business leaders are determined that education in this century will differ or be altered from education from previous centuries. Throughout history, until recently, most people work manually, not mentally. In Wagner’s book, The Global Achievement Gap, working, learning, and citizenship in the twenty-first century requires people to know how to think, reason, analyze, weigh evidence, and problem solve in order to function in a 21st Century (Wagner, 2008) . Wagner also believed that effective communication and critical thinking skills no longer are just desirable outcomes for just the elites of education, but it is essential for all individuals to obtain (Wagner 2008). 21st Century learning has been broken down into four significant forces that redefine the terms work and education (Century, Trilling and Fadel 2009). The first form is the emergence of a knowledge-based economy and this can determine how people work and the skills they may need to…show more content…
The Harvard Educational Letter noted that a certain skill is needed for the 21st Century learner (Walser, 2008) and critical thinking was at the top of the skills list. Author’s Balin and Siegel posed a philosophical argument that critical thinking skills are necessary in the creation of productive employment and quality education for 21st Century learners (H.Res. 1994). Under the partnership for 21st Century skills (2004), leading advocate organizations and state education departments partner up to make efforts in integrating critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills in areas of curriculum across the United States. Critical thinking is considered a vital skill in the knowledge
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