Far Beyond Test Scores, What We (Should) Value In Students

| January 25, 2014 | 22 Comments
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Jackie Gerstein

From Jackie Gerstein’s resource-rich site comes this sweet infographic depicting the skills we’d like to instill in our students. The post also includes a long, helpful list of resources for everything from how to help students develop hope, to encouraging empathy and social and emotional skills, to how to foster grit, tenacity and perseverance: an educator’s guide.

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    Any other readers notice that there isn’t the middle “N” in Jackie Gerstein’s name?

    • JackieGerstein Ed.D.

      Thank you SO much for noting the incorrect spelling of my name. I believe that it would be a better world if we didn’t mind our own business. I appreciate that you helped my “business.

      • tbarseghian

        Agreed! Apologies, and thank you for noting — the error has been fixed.

  • JackieGerstein Ed.D.

    I appreciate the mention – here is the URL from which the graphic was taken http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/the-other-21st-century-skills/

  • Ellen Cavanaugh

    I concur! Five of your illustrations (critical thinking, collaboration, emotional intelligence, resilience, and vision) are explored in depth along with innovation and leadership in 21st Century Parenting: Grow a Generation
    http://www.ellencavanaugh.com/publications/parenting-resources/21st-century-parenting/

  • tonywagner

    I agree that these are important additions to The Seven Survival Skills that I described in my 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap. In a new addition of the book, due out this spring, I write about some of them.

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  • Michael Buescher

    Hate to sound like an old curmudgeon … but a generation or two ago, these skills and attributes were the province of the family and the extended community. School was a part of that community, but not the primary source of these tools. It’s great for us to focus on developing creativity and vision … but if you can’t do the math to develop that vision, or write well enough to convince anyone of the quality of your ideas, you’re going nowhere. And the math, the science, the writing, THOSE need to be the core around which schools work on these attributes. Without the core, it’s just a hollow shell.

    • Clyde Gaw

      How do children learn math and writing today in a way that enables them to express their vision? They don’t. Math and writing is taught, ( unless you attend a private Waldorf school for $35,000 where they don’t force high stakes standardize tests on children ) in public schools decompartmentalized outside the child’s interests in ways that prepare them to take high stakes standardized tests.
      You cannot threaten teachers with loss of job if their students don’t pass standardized high stakes tests, and expect them to differentiate learning experience in any meaningful way for the heterogeneous groups of learners they serve. Test scores are king and teachers must teach a narrow curriculum that serves the needs of the opulent minority who are responsible for the structure and policies that define public education in this country.

    • Elizabeth

      Completely agree with you. I sent a smart, creative, independent, happy kid to public school and I was told that he wasn’t quiet, obedient and following as they wanted him to. In first grade he self taught how to read in Italian and the teacher obsessed with me because he wasn’t reading in English. He was reading far more complex material in another language and that wasn’t enough for her because it wasn’t contemplated in the standardized tests. He was tested in the 97th percentile for IQ and all the school did was to send him to a GATE class three hours a week, while for the rest of the time he had to be bored on the standard curriculum, again because the 97th percentile isn’t contemplated in the darn tests. I got back a child who is royally bored by school work and will do it in the least amount of time possible, sloppy and quick, just to get it out of the way. What should my family do now? We did our share and more, the school didn’t do anything but send him to the office if he squirmed.

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  • Diane Trout

    This is great. I do agree with another poster that this used to be the responsibility of the family and community. However, in today’s classroom, academics is not just about reading, writing, math, and science. It is so important to teach students the items in this picture. I think my favorite one is agility and adaptability. Students need to learn that things will not always go as planned but the key is to be adaptable in any situation.

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  • Sarah Collins

    The typical four year old from a loving family has these skills in abundance, or is well on the way to developing them. Then they start school where it becomes a battle to retain these skills.
    We need to take an honest look at school systems and processes that make retaining these skill so difficult. We need to stop blaming the victim/student for the things we do to them.
    Until we break the mindset that education is something we ‘do to a student’ rather than ‘for the student’ then real reform will continue to flounder.
    Only when we start asking what the student wants us to do ‘for’ them will we succeed.

  • Gerard

    No morality? Honesty? Integrity? Pursuit of objective truth? Compassion, mercy, charity? Self-sacrifice? One could validly argue that Hitler and Stalin encompassed all of the attributes listed in the drawing.