In 1970 the top three skills required by the Fortune 500 were the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1999 the top three skills in demand were teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. We need schools that are developing these skills. —Linda Darling-Hammond, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

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4 thoughts on “New Skills Needed in Education

  1. Daneen Akers

    Thanks! Very interesting as we’ve been thinking of school options. The other-than-academics (character, values, service) matters a lot to me as well. This is quite fascinatingand overwhelming when you’ve got a child headed to school!

    1. mackenzian Post author

      I can only imagine… the educational system seems to be becoming more and more complicated, and in ways that don’t advantage students.

      If there’s one suggestion I can make that could be useful to you, it’s that you keep on thinking about education as “school plus rest of L.’s life” and not as “school” alone. A dodgy school experience can make things difficult for a child, but I think a dodgy learning context outside of school may be even worse because it means fewer opportunities to learn about and practice learning. I took my learning to school: I didn’t get it from school and often wonder what would’ve happened to me had my parents expected school to provide it. Whatever the strengths and weaknesses of the school type that you choose, you have the ability to supplement it in ways that some families can’t. So that’s a positive.

      Sending you lots of encouragement through the process! Are you posting about your experience at all?


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