LITE RAC IE S D EFI NE D

21ST CENTURY

Language literacy, including reading, writing and verbal communication • The ability to read and write purposefully, critically and artfully • The ability to communicate formally and informally across networks • The ability to present persuasively, informationally, and argumentatively in a contextually appropriate fashion • The ability to use language to influence, as well as to communicate • The ability to critically analyze text, to do deep readings, and to derive meaning from linguistic context and nuance Visual and spatial literacy • The ability to use a map or other geographic representation tool • The ability to view, create, analyze and process visual representations of data • The ability to comprehend aesthetic principles, and to make decisions based on them when appropriate Historical and cultural literacy • The ability to understand historical context, bias, and intent • The ability to understand and appreciate cultural similarities and differences • The ability to be able to analyze and draw inferences based on historical documents and artifacts Technological and information literacy • The ability to not only use technology, but to be a producer of technological solutions to real-world problems • The ability to access and analyze large quantities of information in a world where information is free and the ability to creatively use information is among our most valuable skills Political and news media literacy • The ability to consume news media and not only understand what's being said, but also what's not • The ability to advocate passionately for valuable causes • The ability to comprehend and appreciate nuance, intent and bias in political speech Scientific literacy • The ability to read a scientific article and understand its implications and relative value • The ability to conduct a meaningful experiment and contextually report the results • The ability to participate in important deliberations about policy issues informed or affected by science Social and interpersonal literacy • The ability to communicate with others in meaningful ways • The ability to understand the actions of others, and to handle conflict in an appropriate, productive fashion • The ability and inclination to always act as a "mensch,” even (and especially) when it’s difficult to do so Mathematic literacy • The ability to make thoughtful decisions informed by quantitative data • The ability to make wise decisions based on an understanding of probability and statistics • The ability to meaningful use each mathematic domain: construction and deconstruction of numbers; sorting into sets, and sets of sets; measuring with different measuring instruments; calculating progress over time; and thinking algorithmically.

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