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According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the core competencies that our students need to acquire in order to be successful members of the global economy in the years to come are:
1. Core Subjects (English, Reading or Language Arts; Math; Science; Foreign languages; Civics; Government; Economics; Arts; History; and Geography )and 21st –Century Themes (Global awareness; financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy; civic literacy; health and wellness awareness).
- Creativity and Innovation Skills
- Critical-Thinking and problem-Solving Skills
- Communication and Collaboration Skills
3. Information , Media, and Technology Skills
- Information Literacy
- Media Literacy
- ICT Literacy
4. Life and Career Skills
- Flexibility & Adaptability
- Initiative & Self –Direction
- Social & Cross-Cultural Skills
- Productivity & Accountability
- Leadership & Responsibility
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All core subjects, including English, should be taught considering all these competencies. It is a well-known fact that today’s managers want their work forces to possess skills in “critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.” Therefore, we should incorporate these skills into our lessons . The question is: How are we going to do it? In the following posts in this section, I ‘ll try to answer this question by giving examples from several resources. Please feel free to share your ideas and other resources that you think all of us will benefit from.
You can see the original version of this infographic at the ASCD Web Site.
The graphic below clearly demonstrates why we should reconstruct (or co-construct) education to meet the demands of the society (Education 3.0) today. It is broken up into three categories–Education 1.0 (the old way), 2.0 (the current way), and 3.0 (the future way).
This RSA Animate below on changing education paradigms adapted from a speech by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert, gives us clues about what changes we should focus on while re-designing our programs to meet the demands of the century we live in and the needs of our students.