The AASL (American Association of School Librarians) recently published Standards for 21st-Century Learners. As we look at a world transformed by technology and creativity with exponential amounts of information, new technology tools, more digitized text and an increased demand for both critical thinking and creativity our students will need to know how to find stuff, determine the relevance of what stuff they find, determine the accuracy of what stuff they found---and do it all "ethically."

These are the "Common Beliefs" that frame the new Standards.

  • Reading a a window to the world.
  • Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
  • Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
  • Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
  • Equitable access is a key component for education.
  • The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
  • The continuous expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
  • Learning has a social context.
  • School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.

Which of these statements do you agree with? How will it change your teaching? Add to the discussion thread.