Educators need to rethink whether a 20th-century curriculum based on the memorization of facts best serves modern students, Manassas, Va., Superintendent Gail Pope told some 500 teachers Monday as the district explores ways to better incorporate so-called 21st-century skills like writing, critical thinking and technology. "We need to decide what's worth keeping ... and what needs to be abandoned if we are going to prepare students for the 21st century," Pope said. "We will not confine our children to our learning because they were born for another time."

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