"Skills 21 gave us a more holistic view of our students & their capabilities" - Skills 21 teacher feedback
Naturally, as a parent, you worry whether your child is equipped with the necessary skills to transition from the classroom to the workplace. As today's fast-paced world quickly evolves, it has become increasingly evident that children must develop a set of skills they can (and will need to) call upon in college and work. These skills are called 21st Century Skills.
When equipped with 21st Century skills your child will have a holistic awareness of their unique abilities, helping them to move towards a career they are passionate about and have the skills to succeed in.
So what exactly are 21st Century Skills?
Skills 21 has not been designed on an assumption. Much research has been conducted by global thought leaders including UNESCO, World Economic Forum, OECD, and Oxford Economics. While each framework differs slightly, all agree on four areas to 21st Century Skills:
Problem-solving and critical thinking
Collaboration and teamwork
Why are 21st Century Skills so important?
Technology is changing how we do things, which plays a tremendous role in the world of work. New careers are created, industries are born, and old job roles become obsolete. Fast-forward 10 years and the world will have changed even more so. This is the world your child will be entering when they complete their education.
While trade-based job skills will likely still in demand, the age of information and global trade requires workers to be able to think more profoundly about creative problem solving, global collaboration, mixed media communication, mass information processing, and much more. As jobs and our way of life rapidly evolves, students must be able to adapt, be resourceful, and show initiative in new and creative ways.