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ERIC Number: EJ888047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
The Challenge and an Invitation
Kohn, Alfie
Knowledge Quest, v38 n2 p12-13 Nov-Dec 2009
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" is filled with objectives that are mostly unobjectionable--and that would have been just as applicable in the twentieth century. Who, after all, would oppose the idea of "organizing knowledge so it's useful"? Who's going to deny the value of effective communication or emotional resilience? In this article, the author states that the challenge is to read carefully in search of something that has some "bite" to it--and then invite AASL members to stand behind that position, to see it through to its logical conclusion even if it makes some uncomfortable. The author argues that if AASL's goals for children include helping them to be thoughtful decision makers with democratic skills (and dispositions), then they should be part of the process of developing future standards rather than having adults decide unilaterally how educators want them to turn out.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A