Today's economy demands not only a high-level competence in the traditional academic disciplines but also what might be called 21st century skills. Here's what they are:
Knowing more about the world. Kids are global citizens now, even in small-town America, and they must learn to act that way. Mike Eskew, CEO of UPS, talks about needing workers who are "global trade literate, sensitive to foreign cultures, conversant in different languages"--not exactly strong points in the U.S.
Thinking outside the box. Jobs in the new economy--the ones that won't get outsourced or automated--"put an enormous premium on creative and innovative skills, seeing patterns where other people see only chaos".
Becoming smarter about new sources of information. In an age of overflowing information and proliferating media, kids need to rapidly process what's coming at them and distinguish between what's reliable and what isn't.
Developing good people skills. EQ, or emotional intelligence, is as important as IQ for success in today's workplace. "We have to emphasize communication skills, the ability to work in teams and with people from different cultures."
jueves, diciembre 14, 2006
Gracias al siempre despierto Pablo Mancini doy con la nota de tapa de la revista Time: How to build a student for the 21st Century. Para leerla gratis hay que bancarse una publicidad de Hitachi pero realmente vale la pena el esfuerzo. Aquí abajo dejo algunos párrafos destacados: