Humanize not Disrupt: Misadventures in 21st Century Skills

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What about Ada Lovelace (1815–1852)?

She helped create the analytical engine. Commonly recognized as the first computer. She wrote the first algorithm. Could she not problem solve?

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What about Mahatma Ghandi (1869–1948)?

He lead India to independence, and fought for civil rights world wide. Could he not communicate?

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What about George Washington Carver (1860–1943)?

He invented crop rotation and changed agriculture forever.Was he not creative?

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What about the pre-Clovis cultures of North America (14,000 years ago)?

They made hunting weapons and worked together to take down large, now extinct, mammals such as the Mastodon. Could they not collaborate?

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What you call 21st century skills I call being human.

Our schools do not need disruption. They need humanity restored.

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