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Why Are '21st-Century' Skills Important?

March 14, 2011
By Linda Krulock and Elizabeth Hofreuter-Landini

There has been a lot of talk about 21st-century skills in education. While it is a term that educators exchange somewhat easily, it is not fully understood by everyone else. Indeed, a grandparent at our school recently commented, "I'm tired of hearing about 21st-century skills. It is the 21st century. Get on with it." That prompted us to offer this summary and explanation of what we teachers mean by 21st-century skills.

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