Better Schools for the 21st Century

Alan Lesgold, Dean, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh

Thursday, April 2, 2009 (All day)

Alan Lesgold is professor and Dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh and also professor of psychology and intelligent systems.His talk began by noting that, at some level, virtually every American recognizes that our schools are not preparing our children adequately for citizenship and a productive life in the 21st century. Within this context, Alan discussed (i) the nature of productive work in a world where computers can do any task we fully understand, (ii) the implications of this reality for schooling, and (iii) why the New Standards Project Applied Learning Standards have had so little influence on education.  Alan concluded his presentation by discussing several possible ways that schooling can be improved, including more learning by doing, open discussion of a new "hidden curriculum" for schools, and a new approach to testing that builds on what Valerie Shute has called "stealth assessment."  The event webcast is available for viewing.