America’s system of education is outdated and does not effectively prepare students for a successful, well-rounded future in education. Schools and other learning programs across America are still preoccupied with teaching students about the 3 “R”s (reading, writing, arithmetic), when 21st century learning is stressing the Four Cs — Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. The Four Cs are extremely important in both the learning process and the teaching process.
Teachers need to take it upon themselves and their colleagues to effectively transform their classrooms into 21st century learning classrooms. This includes appropriate communication and collaboration with each other in order to improve upon teaching styles. Teachers should also communicate with each other to take the standards set forth by the Common Core and find ways to go improve and expand upon them. This involves a great deal of critical thinking as well as creativity.
Besides incorporating the Four Cs in the classroom, teachers need to diversify students’ knowledge to help them grow into better 21st century learners. This includes teaching them to be skilled in subject areas such as science, social studies, geography, and foreign languages.
Above all, teachers need to recognize their responsibility as role models to their students in the classroom. By demonstrating these competencies, students will have an easier time successfully learning the 21st century skills.