Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Educating Kids for the 21st Century

I have a pet peeve. Whenever I hear an educator talk about "educating kids for the 21st century" I have to bite my tongue. Hard.

Really? How can anyone say with a straight face that they know what the kids in school today will be facing when they find themselves in the middle of the 21st century? Twenty years ago cell phones were rare and the internet just an idea.

The guy who's telling you about educating for the 21st century is probably also advocating for more and more "smarter" tests.

Well, listen. You want to know what Google's vice president of people operations has to say about the value of test scores in making hiring decisions?

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — LAST June, in an interview with Adam Bryant of The New York Times, Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google — i.e., the guy in charge of hiring for one of the world’s most successful companies — noted that Google had determined that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. ... We found that they don’t predict anything.”

Of course, these educators must know something more about the future than executives at Google. 

Why else are they working so hard to turn schools into test prep academies?


Adrian Odom said...

While I regularly read this blog, I never comment. I love seeing what the class is up to, I love seeing these kids learn and grow. And I really love reading what you have to say about education. So much of what you post on the topic, I usually agree with, which is exactly why we chose to send Beck to this school- because we appreciate the values you find important to teach kindergardeners and that's what we want for our son. Thanks Mr. Gurney!! I only wish you could be his teacher through elementary school!

Dan Gurney said...


Thank you for commenting. I don't get too many comments anymore, and I wish I did get more.