The must-have skills of the future
Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group has
identified what he calls a “global achievement gap,” which is the
leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills
of the future:
* Critical thinking and problem-solving
* Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
* Agility and adaptability
* Initiative and entrepreneurialism
*Effective oral and written communication
* Accessing and analyzing information
* Curiosity and imagination
Dr. Wagner points out that in today’s digital age, the “Net generation” is, among other things, accustomed to instant gratification and use of the web for extending friendships, interest-driven, self-directed learning; and are constantly connected, creating, and multitasking in a multimedia world—everywhere except in school.
In order to motivate and teach this generation, the school system must be reinvented to be accountable for what matters most. That means to do the work–teaching, learning, and assessing–in new ways.
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