For a wonderfully satirical take on the 21st century skills agenda, watch this video.
The make-it-yourself animated film short features a teacher decked out in a uniform and corporate badge and a corporate education guy (complete with a headset) at Compucon College Preparatory Academy.
It promises to entertain if you have ever wondered …
- “If all these super rich technology corporations are just using their donations to push policies that will create more demand for technology in the classroom.”
- Why teachers aren’t more involved in education decisions.
- About “claims of evidence-based research.”
- And finally, “[w]hat is this 21st century learning” anyway?
The video’s answers make for a laugh but are jarringly close to reality as policymakers push for schools to be more like corporations and drive education reform with iPad purchases. I couldn’t help but cringe as corporate education guy said, “decisions about education are best made by politicians and those with the money to influence them.”