Governor Says Ohio Schools Need New Focus

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. Ted Strickland wants to modernize Ohio's education system by focusing on technology and problem-solving skills instead of memorization.

Ten states have already adopted the "21st Century Skills" model, and it's being used in individual school districts around the country.

The framework focuses on critical thinking, communication and cultural awareness. Students may be asked to evaluate real-world policies such as the use of biofuels and present their findings online with Wiki pages or through podcasts.

Critics say focusing on vague "soft" skills such as media literacy will dilute curricula.

Supporters of the framework are refining methods to test the skills, which are more expensive to evaluate than standardized tests that can be graded by machines.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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