Education officials say schools need reshaped for the future
Associated Press - September 27, 2015 1:47 pm
Data from the Kansas Department of Education indicates reverting to an old public education funding system that would be acceptable to the Kansas Supreme Court would hurt schools in suburban Kansas City.
Kansas education officials say the state’s public school system might need a complete overhaul to meet the demands of the future workplace.
Education Commissioner Randy Watson says that could include changes in school culture, new roles for counselors and getting students more real-life work experience.
The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1NVpk3l) reports Watson spoke on Friday to a group of about 100 educators in Wichita. Earlier this year he and deputy commissioner Brad Neuenswander held discussions across the state to find out what residents want from their education system.
Most said students need non-academic skills such as conscientiousness, persistence, teamwork, emotional stability and work ethic.
Business leaders said personality traits and soft skills are more important for success than academic knowledge.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com.