Schools often speak of a "rigorous" program, but mostly we fall short of defining our meaning of the word and how it manifests itself in our schools. We neglect to ask the question, "how does our definition of rigor further our mission?" All educators can take a more precise look at what we teach in our schools, and more importantly, how we teach it. Tony Wagner, a 21st Century educator, touts the necessary skills students will need to be successful in the 21st Century. In this particular article, Rigor Redefined, he analyzes it rather nicely. Here is a quick excerpt introducing his "seven survival skills."
"Today's students need to master seven survival skills to thrive in the new world of work. And these skills are the same ones that will enable students to become productive citizens who contribute to solving some of the most pressing issues we face in the 21st century."
Read on. Enjoy.