About the cliche?
The Leader just repeated it today.
More than half of Burbank Unified’s 11 elementary schools and nearly half of the 20 elementary schools in Glendale Unified earned Gold Ribbon Awards this year, state education officials announced this week.
The recognition goes to schools making progress in preparing students for 21st-century colleges and careers...
That phrase shows up everywhere. They just keep repeating it and repeating it — this educational boilerplate of a term that’s been totally driven empty of meaning by now.
Convenient though for justifying spending lots of 21st-century money on 21st-century gimmicks.
“California teachers are developing an education model for the nation, training the students of today to be the problem-solvers, inventors and pioneers of tomorrow,” state Supt. Tom Torlakson said in a statement.
What about “thinkers”?
Nope. It’s all about mechanics. Or, what’s most useful for that “21st-century” whatever that they’re always so, so concerned about. Like jobs and money.
(P.S. Check out the word cloud above. See what’s one of the smallest ones there?
That’s right. It’s the word “Literacy.” Ideas is close behind.)