Editor’s note: This commentary is by Phil Taylor, who lives in Wilmington with his wife and three children. He is a school board director for the Twin Valley Schools and was one of several board members and administrators who lead the Twin Valley School’s consolidation and construction process.
Several years ago House Speaker Shap Smith expended a considerable amount of his budget to put together an education summit for the Legislature. It was exciting to hear the focus was on 21st century learning because it was a discussion the Legislature needed to hear. The main speaker was Tony Wagner, a respected proponent for teaching kids the 21st century skills that are essential for real world success.
I wasn’t able to attend this event. I was too busy as a school board member, helping to get our newly consolidated elementary school back on line after major construction. I asked a legislator what he thought about Wagner’s presentation on 21st century skills and the need for innovation. He replied, “It was great. Wagner told the audience of legislators that we have a great opportunity before us. We are a small state, we can change the model of education and become an example to the nation of how education can change to meet the needs of the 21st century.”
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