As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office, his education reform plan has the potential to modernize library technologies, make school buildings more energy-efficient, and invest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and research. Yet, according to a recent survey, educators say addressing 21st-century (21C) skills should top the list of priorities in Obama's plan, so students are prepared for the workplace of tomorrow.

The survey, conducted by the American Society for Quality (ASQ)--a professional association that offers training and tools to educators and businesses--was conducted from August through November 2008 and polled more than 700 K-12 teachers and


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