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  • Series: Professional Development
  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: ASCD; 1 edition (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416609407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416609407
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Orphal on April 1, 2011
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Heidi Hayes Jacobs neither pulls punches nor minces words in the opening of her 2010 book Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World, or her talk at this year's ASCD Conference in San Francisco. She begins, "What year are you preparing your students for? 1973? 1995?" I could feel a virtual finger alternately pointing at me and another wagging in disapproval.

I've been interested in the future of public education for ages. Working with the Center for Teaching Quality and the Teacher Leaders Network this past year and a half has added fuel to my fire. Punctuated through our group discussions about teacher retention, training, and retention has been the idea that public education is standing at the edge of a epoch, the end of over a century of analog teaching and the dawn of an age of digital learning. I actively sought out Jacobs book, and I was taken aback by the tone I assumed lay behind that opening question.

I felt a sense of guilt and shame that presumed what an honest answer from me must be. Even as I work to update and digitize my students' learning experiences and environments, I know I am still moving at a snails pace. I can only imagine what some of my less-forward-looking colleagues might offer Jacobs as an answer, "I preparing my students for 20go-f&%k-yourself!"

If other readers are turned off by the opening question, I hope they will persevere like I did, because Curriculum 21 is asking exactly the right questions all educators should be asking themselves and one another as we navigate this period of education reform and reinvention. In chapter three, Jacobs puts these questions two ways, "What content should be kept? What content should be cut? What content should be created," or, "What is essential and timeless?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MN Teach on August 25, 2012
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I had the opportunity to see Heidi Hayes-Jacobs speak earlier this summer, so I was excited to read her book. While there was interesting content, it wasn't what I thought it would be. Several of the chapters were contributions from other authors (shame on me for not looking more closely before I purchased the book), and I didn't have much interest in some of the topics. I was also hoping for more practical classroom strategies that I could implement even with the constraints of a traditional classroom, but much of the book was about wholesale change in schools - something that simply isn't going to happen overnight. I did find the ideas intriguing and agree with much of what was written; it's just that I was expecting something different from what I got.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Martin on July 18, 2014
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In Curriculum 21 Heidi Hayes Jacobs (ed.) and ten other authors combine to provide essays on what they term an essential curriculum for a changing world. In the first four chapters Ms. Jacobs covers what is essential for the schools of the 21st century. In chapter five Stephen Wilmarth reports on five socio-technology trends that change the way school has to be taught. Vivien Stuart, in the next chapter, discusses global education. In chapter seven Tim Tyson provides an example of a school that is successfully teaching a 21st century curriculum, the Mabry Middle School in Marietta, Georgia. In the following chapter Frank Baker discusses media literacy that are needed for modern education. Digital portfolios and curriculum maps are covered in the next chapter by David Niguidula. Jamie Cloud covers the topic of educating for a sustainable future. Alan November then discusses technology. Finally, Arthur Costa and Betta Kallick summarize the whole process of rethinking the curriculum for the 21st century.

This book will be particularly useful for educators, but may have value for parents and students as well, Anyone interested in how education has to change in the modern era will also benefit. I rate it at four stars instead of five because it is a compendium of assorted topics and views and thus lacks the kind of coherence a single author might have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2013
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If you're looking for a book that makes you think this is a great one. It is a very thought provoking book on preparing students for 21 century learning. It really emphasizes a need to teach students for the future world and prepare students for jobs that may not even exist. This was used as a textbook in one of my masters courses and was one I really enjoyed reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terrell N. Pim on April 7, 2011
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Excellent collection of essays by leading educators who are truly thinking "21st Century Education" as opposed to the traditions of the past in the US. Everything from classroom design to advantages of technology to what K through 12 students need for success in career and lives. I recommend this book to educators, parents and anyone questioning education in America today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juliet on October 4, 2013
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I used this in a class and it was a great supplementary text. Really really really Good info for educators.
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I have read many books about the integration of technology and teaching. This is the best of them. Although some of the chapters were less useful than others, the amount of ideas and, frankly, an inspiring way of looking at the possibilities in the classroom offered here blew me away and made me excited to lead some changes at my school.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tyorke on May 25, 2012
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Initially, I was hesitant to purchase this text. Several reviewers called it too "idealistic", which gave me pause to consider how practical it would be in using as a guide as I begin the arduous task of composing and revising the middle school / high school English Language Arts curriculum at the rural district where I teach English to grades 7, 9, 11, and 12. After reading it on my own, however, I realized that those who called it "idealistic" did not consider the technological context in which they read it - we live in a time when everything in this text is not only possible, but a lot of it is already implemented because of the intrinsic nature of digital technologies. In addition, Hayes Jacobs gives a "growth-based" model of implementing technology, which sets up any curriculum development project in a practical direction. Anyone involved in education and anyone considering the field of education should read this text. It provides the construct in which the skills, habits, and content of schools in the 21st century need to rethink the very essence of education (in its broadest sense). With a very easy-to-follow table of contents and an eclectic arrangement of contributors, this text is certainly worth the price and time it takes to read.
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