The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has published a report that attempts to identify key skills students need to learn now in order to be well prepared when they enter the workforce. The report was sponsored by Google and is based on polling of business leaders and students.
It’s no surprise to me that the skills they recommend are communication, collaboration, and problem solving. It is difficult to predict what specific skills will be useful in twenty years but it’s a safe bet that these general skills will prove useful in helping people adapt. I think there is a basic assumption embedded in this list of skills that students need to be encouraged to become adaptable, lifelong learners.
My main takeaway from the report is this sentence:
“Technology is changing teaching, but education systems are keeping up with the transformation rather than leading it.”
While I’m configuring new computers and installing new networking equipment this summer I’m going to be thinking about how my school can lead transformation instead of just ‘keeping up’.