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How Restructured Public Education Could Better Serve Everyone

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Creating a new 21st-century educational system also requires pedagogical changes like making computing, writing, problem-solving and critical thinking a greater part of learning. The public and private sectors also need employees who work cooperatively in groups and generate creative ideas. That calls for more of an emphasis on the “soft skills” that enable workers to thrive within diverse work environments.

Our current system fails to prepare too many students for the competencies that are needed in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace. We need to rethink our approach to funding, curricula and governance.

Jabari Simama, Education and Government Columnist

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