One of the inspirations behind my vision for 21st century learning is one of our nation's great thought leaders in the area of games and learning, Merrilea Mayo, PhD. Merrilea is Director of Future of Learning Initiatives at the Kauffman Foundation. She has worked tirelessly to promote the research about how video games can lead to successful learning outcomes, particularly as it relates to science and engineering. She is one of the most selfless professionals I have had the pleasure of working with, and all she wants is to be heard, and for education to improve in the United States and abroad. I am attaching an article she recently published in the January 2009 issue of Science Magazine, and I hope you find it as thought-provoking as I do. Enjoy.
A colleague shared with me an article that was printed in Wednesday's NY Times. I have copied the article below, and it paints a very troubling picture about the competitiveness of the United States. The article reinstates the main focus of the new Education Secretary: to ensure that we close the gap between the skills learned in school and the skills required for successful performance in the 21st century work environment. Only through achieving these ends, will the United States (and any country for that matter), maintain and grow its global competitiveness and innovation. This is exactly why the time is now to embrace fundamental, transformational, disruptive innovative educational tools and pedagogy. Our children, and our future, depend on it.