Students and educators in a New Jersey district say a new push to promote problem-solving and critical thinking throughout the K-12 curriculum is improving science classes and preparing students for the job market. Officials adopted the 21st-century skills initiative this year. "There are no answer booklets to flip through when you have a job," one eighth-grader said. "You [need] to have the skills, plus the ability to look through data, to find the best answers."

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