Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews, a self-professed critic of the so-called 21st-century skills movement in schools, writes of a new report that is "the first sensible report on 21st-century skills I have read." Mathews continues: "'Measuring Skills for the 21st Century' was written by Elena Silva, senior policy analyst at the Education Sector think tank in Washington. It suggests that this idea is vital, important, and ought to be pursued, no matter what I say. I telephoned Silva to express my concern that we differ on this issue, since she always knows what she is talking about and I...

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