A small group of outspoken education scholars is challenging the assumption that students need to be taught 21st-century skills, saying the push for these skills is taking a dangerous bite out of precious classroom time that could be better spent learning deep, essential content, USA Today reports. For the first time since the push began five years ago, they're pushing back. In a forum in Washington, D.C., last week sponsored by Common Core, a nonprofit group that promotes "a full core curriculum," they squared off with education consultant Ken Kay, co-founder of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the main...

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