Read this article written by an educator for 37 years including the superintendent of Fayette County Schools in Kentucky. What he has to say about preparing students for the real world is quite amazing. Academic skills take a back seat to 21st Century Skills. He observes this shift going on in schools after they have listened to employers tell them "Spend your energy bringing us more workers that have these skills. We can teach them the knowledge needed to do the job." Danville Independent Schools has 11 essential skills that need mastery before high school graduation. Not one skills is strictly academic. They are 21st Century with acadmic knowledge embedded within.
Are We Really Getting Them Ready? Stu Silberman. 11.7.13. Education Week - Public Engagement & Ed Reform