“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Einstein

When one talks about the ramifications of Friedman's book, the issue of education always comes up. Are our schools preparing kids for the type of work they will be doing in the 21st Century? Much has been written about the skills American workers will need to compete in the global arena. These skills are often referred to as 21st Century skills. Below are links to three websites that define these skills.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills lists three essential learning skills for the 21st century:
  1. Information and Communication Skills
  2. Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
  3. Interpersonal and Self-Directional Skills

Check out Doug Johnson's article on Daniel Pink's book, A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual on Education World. There you'll find about what Pink refers to as skills of the conceptual age worker. They are:
  1. Design
  2. Story
  3. Symphony
  4. Empathy
  5. Play
  6. Meaning

The Game School is a new school opening in the fall of 2009 in New York City. Created by the Gamelab Institute of Play, the school has been conceived as a dynamic learning system that takes its cues from the way games are designed, shared and played. All players in the school ­ teachers, students, parents and administrators ­ will be empowered to innovate using 21st century literacies that are native to games and design.