• Educator John Dewey wrote in 1893 that we must “cease conceiving of education as mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of present life.” Well over one hundred years later, Ken Robinson added, “Thinking of education as preparation for something that happens later can overlook the fact that the first sixteen or eighteen years of a person’s life is not rehearsal. Young people are living their lives now.”

    The Kirkwood School District surveyed over 1000 parents, teachers, and community members in 2017, seeking information on skills and habits necessary for our students and graduates to be successful.  Results were narrowed down to 17 "future reading skills," categorized into five broad areas.

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