Students access ongoing relevant learning opportunities in the school setting and out in the community to increase relevance of learning experiences and in preparation for highly skilled jobs and higher education.
While people may disagree about what programs should be implemented in schools to best prepare the most students for skilled jobs, adopting programs that a relevant to students can be agreed upon.
Here is an article discussing various programs at a South Carolina high school. Currently there is a conflict about whether to keep the programs they have or implement new ones.
What type of programs do you believe would best benefit students?
Here is an article about funding of the arts in higher education.
The more time and resources that are invested in the arts, the more positive outcomes for education and economic impact. The arts help the revitalization efforts of many communities. In York County along, non-profit arts and cultural organizations produce $7 million in annual economic impact. Students who study the arts gain not only information, but insight and wisdom. They are more likely to become more productive members of society by honing their creative problem solving skills. Support the arts. It's good good business and represents an investment in our future in so many ways.
We need to take on a supportive posture when children express and share their interests. It is never too early to help children discover and build connections. Although chlidren's self-interests often change as they grow older and more mature, we should help them maintain the wild curiousity they have from birth. Tending to their curiousities and supporting their interests will help them see the relevance in what they are learning. Standards are the building blocks, but relevance is the cornerstone.
I beleive firmly that we must establsih connections for our students beyond the school walls…..
This is so important in preparing kids for real life and the workforce.
Relevancy is about skills students can use now and will be able to use in the future. Skills such as teamwork, cultural awareness and technology competency are rarely measured on standardized test. I would encourage you to view Yong Zhao’s video. http://zhaolearning.com/2009/08/07/no-child-left-behind-and-global-competitiveness/
This is very important for students to know that what they are learning is important. Using their skills will help them to internalize them.
http://t.co/jAtsC1S1 We use ipads in the classroom to be relevant in todays society. If we’re not relevant the children will not be engaged.
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