Gov. Bob Wise Comments on National Research Council Report Validating “Deeper Learning” Approach in Nation’s Schools
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July 11, 2012
“The NRC report confirms that this type of education—once available to only a few elite students—is now necessary for all,” Wise says.
Washington, DC – Yesterday afternoon, the National Research Council (NRC) issued Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century, a new report that validates the “deeper learning” approach in the nation’s classrooms and recommends that it be broadly adopted in schools across the country. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:
“The term ‘deeper learning’ may be new, but its basic concepts are not. Deeper learning is what highly effective educators have always provided: the delivery of rich core content to students in innovative ways that allow them to learn and then apply what they have learned. The NRC report confirms that this type of education—once available to only a few elite students—is now necessary for all.
“For the nation to remain prosperous in today’s global economy, all students need access to the mix of skills that the deeper learning approach provides, especially as forty-six states and the District of Columbia begin to implement the common core state standards and raise the bar for what students are expected to know and do.
“Expanding deeper learning into schools throughout the country can help provide all students with the deep content knowledge they need to succeed after high school and the critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, and ‘learning to learn’ skills that today’s jobs demand.”