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Kansas Education’s New Vision Focuses on Non-Academic Skills

Associated Press - October 27, 2015 10:52 am

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson is expected to unveil a new vision for schools that helps students attain non-academic skills such as conscientiousness, perseverance and collaboration.

Watson shared the Kansas State Board of Education’s new vision for Tuesday during the Kansas Department of Education’s annual conference in Wichita.

The ideas stems from community meetings to find out what people want from K-12 education in Kansas. Watson says Kansans want to place equal focus on helping students attain non-academic skills in order to be successful in the workforce.

Among the ideas is having business play more of a role through internships and job shadowing. Community service also should play a larger role.

Watson says that going forward the department and board will be focused on how every student can be successful.

Stan Clemons

October 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm

What Kansans want is the level of teaching of 50 years ago when students were taught. Plus those students who do not wish to progress in academic’s should be able to attend vo-tech schools to learn the trades. These students are learning very little these days and the colleges are recognizing this also.

Keith Davis

October 28, 2015 at 7:52 am

Kansas wants an uneducated workforce to keep wages low and to justify a part of the most recent failed education budget experiment. For some reason or another I imagine that Sam Brownback is behind this clapping his hands at an public appearance. Without the workforce being educated Kansas should should expect the majority of jobs to pay a whopping max of $14.00 per hour at a max of 34 hours per week.

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