Column: Focus on reading, math instead of 21st-century skills

01/5/2009 | Washington Post, The

The call for students to learn 21st-century skills includes lessons in thinking and working together in innovative ways, but Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews says that teachers have been given little guidance in reaching this broad goal. "How are millions of students still struggling to acquire 19th-century skills in reading, writing and math supposed to learn this stuff?" he writes.

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