Why Curriculum Fails Kids and How to Fix It

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CMRubinWorld’s recent interview with global thought leader Charles Fadel highlights the need for curriculum redesign so that students can succeed in the coming century.

During the 1800’s, curriculum was transformed to catch up with the Industrial Revolution. However, the 21st Century and the Information Age bear little resemblance to the past; global thought leader Charles Fadel contends curricula must be redesigned. In The Global Search for Education interview, Fadel tells C. M. Rubin that education is, “falling behind its mission to prepare students for the future: a world that’s increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.”

Fadel’s new book, Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed, presents his innovative approach for 21st Century students, which Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at the OECD, calls a “first of its kind organizing framework of competencies needed for this century which defines the spaces in which educators, curriculum planners, policy makers and learners can establish WHAT should be learned.”

In his interview with C. M. Rubin, Fadel explains “that the goal of education is no longer to impart information but to teach students to navigate an ever-changing world.” He goes on to assert that “We must carefully re-examine the relevance of what we teach, curate the traditional disciplines, add relevant modern disciplines, and place emphasis on more holistic ‘whole student’ learning—not just knowledge but also skills, character, and meta-learning. Finally, we will need the courage to innovate, letting go of the comfort of an existing system and working under conditions of uncertainty toward a better one.”

Read the full CMRubinWorld article with Charles Fadel here

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CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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