As little as we know about the future for which we are preparing our students, it is clear that it will be a place that is governed by information. Accessing, processing, building with, and communicating that information is how we will all make our livings.
I was fortunate enough to have attended your address on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Not only was I extremely impressed with your presentation, but truly moved by your message. Two of my Assistant Principal's also attended and they can't quit talking about your message. Our only regret is that our entire staff wasn't able to attend.
Being literate in this future will certainly involve the ability to read, write, and do basic math. However, the concept of literacy in the 21st century will be far richer and more comprehensive than the 3 Rs of the one room school house, a legacy that still strongly influences today's education environment.
This enlightening and thought-provoking address will make a case for a literacy model that extends out of reading, writing, and basic math to answer questions like:
What do you need to know, when most of recorded knowledge is a mouse-click away?
How do you distinguish between good kn