I couldn't agree more that teaching students how to learn is the way we should shift education. There are five areas that students should develop skills in, resources, interpersonal, information, systems, and technology. This seems like only a few things to teach students as opposed to what they used to need to know but I feel as though this may be impossible, there will be many obstacles in shifting education to this style of learning. These five core competencies can merely be introduced throughout the school years, there is no way that students can master or even become proficient in these areas, they encompass far too much. Another difficulty of teaching these competencies I believe will be teacher willingness. Many of the older teachers do not want to change the way they've been doing things. I think it will be a long transition period with newer teachers slowly working this type of learning into the curriculum until every teacher teaches in this way. It could take thirty years at this rate.
Although I agree that this type of learning style is the way education should be moving I think the authors are a little too ambitious and feel as though this is a system already in place. I think we are years and years away from being anywhere near that type of learning. Some teachers at Haverhill High have begun to introduce the five core competencies into their teaching but for the most part teachers still teach disciplinary information. They have no choice to with the requirements from the state and the MCAS. For example, if there was one teacher who decided it was more beneficial for her students to learn right now learning and she taught them how to effectively utilize technology, how to ask the right questions and how to think critically about selecting the correct answer that student would be far more successful in the "real world". But, would that student even graduate high school? Would they be able to pass the MCAS, a test where they have to have disciplinary information memorized and stored in their brain? Probably not. I think that before we can even begin to move in the direction of learning to learn education the state needs to change the requirements to reflect that learning. For example, there could still be an assessment but it could be a format that ensures the students utilize the five core competencies. Students could be required to create portfolios with specific requirements instead of taking a standardized test. It was said best by Collins and Halverson, "We think that in the life-long learning era, people interested in advancing their own learning will begin to take back responsibility for education from the state."
Unfortunately, my cooperating teacher and I find ourselves saying this far too often.