Yesterday, I listened to the interview of Tony Wagner by Steve Hargedon, the creator of Classroom 2.0. For those that have already read Wagner’s books, the inteview didn’t have much in the way of earth shattering information. However, hearing an authors viewpoint in person always makes the words ring a little more true.
Interestingly, Hargedon spent more time talking with Wagner about his first book on education, Making the Grade than he did discussing The Global Achievement Gap. Not that it really mattered. It sounds like both of them follow similare patterns.
I haven’t read Making the Grade yet, but The Global Achievement Gap was awesome. It really made me rethink what I was doing in the classroom and how I felt about education as a whole. In the book, Wagner made sense of many of the thoughts that I was already thinking about education, those ideas that were floating around but not connected to anything. Probably the biggest impact on me was in the area of what is taught in the classroom. Wagner makes it clear in his book, and reitterated in the interview tonight, that content is not as important as skills, especially 21st Century skills. Not that content is not important, but it might ride the backburner when it comes down to learning actual skills that students are going to use in the future.
That’s enough of my babbling about it. All I will do is confuse you. Click here to go and listen to the interview. Look under interiew recordings on the right hand side of the site. It’s definitely worth a bit of time.