Wednesday, October 1, 2014


I stumbled across this Quora question:

What are the valuable skills that many young people are losing?


For the first 200 years of traditional public schooling, knowledge was the basis of education. How much knowledge could you collect? How much knowledge could you remember? How could we distribute the most knowledge?

Knowledge is still very important, but the internet makes the access to knowledge almost ubiquitous. With this realization, skills are finally getting their due. Think of the four C's of 21st century learning: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication. Those are skills, very crucial skills for the future. In fact, the four C's are needed to take knowledge further.

How can we create new knowledge? How can we use knowledge creatively?
How can we collaborate to evaluate knowledge, to create knowledge, to use knowledge?
How can we critically think about the quality, bias, and relevancy of sources of knowledge? 
How can we communicate about the knowledge we have? How can we communicate the most important knowledge?

Also, I encourage you to check out the Quora thread. It is fascinating. There are comments by teachers, professionals, parents, students, and young people. As an educator, it is great to get an understanding of what multiple groups and people think about this topic.

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