Column: Students must learn 21st-century skills

11/19/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Technology and the changing economy make it more important than ever for high school graduates to know how to communicate well, work in teams, research effectively and solve problems, yet a new state report indicates Massachusetts students are still falling short. "In our high schools, we need to prepare our young adults to be college and career ready," said Gerald Chertavian, who chairs the task force that produced the report, and who also is the founder of a nonprofit that helps teach urban students these much-needed skills via a six-month corporate apprenticeship. "Unfortunately we are not in that position today."

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