I have a big worry. But I also have a solution that could wipe away all the worry.
Here's the worry: Our students will enter a future and workplace that will demand abilities that far exceed those required of past generations and beyond those required by our current modes of schooling and testing.
Here's the solution: Use the inquiry and design model of teaching that includes and expands on powerful notions such as project-based learning, problem-based learning, and cooperative learning strategies. Hone reading, writing, and other literacies to address compelling real-world issues.
A middle school boy once told me, "Don't be confusing this [my school reading] with …