Soft Skills for Kids.
- 1 hr 30 min1 hour 30 minutes
- 120 British pounds£120
Not very long ago, teachers and parents alike swore by the “3Rs”– Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic; essential skills that would ensure their children have a successful future in higher studies and life. Today we are immersed in a bewildering array of subjects, extra-curricular activities, multiple intelligence theories, and pedagogies. It is immensely difficult to cut through the chatter and address the core questions: What skills should we equip our children with, so that they may excel in life, and be fruitful contributors to society? How do we empower today's youth to cope with the ocean of knowledge around them, and achieve in the hyper-competitive, technology-driven, global economy? The answer lies in the term “21st Century Skills”, an umbrella of well-identified skills that we must equip our children with. The term ‘21stcentury learner emerged at the turn of the millennium and evoked a certain type of learner, one who holds a suite of ‘new 21st century skills that are strongly connected to digital technology, digital communication, and notions of flexible approaches to knowledge. These shifts in notions of the 21st-century learner have also led to changes in how we view the child, who now emerges as an autonomous, self‐determining, 21st-century learner, and patriotic citizen. The 21st-century learner has become in many ways a catch cry for the changes that some say are needed in schools to meet the demands of a rapidly changing globalised and digital society. Such changes require new ways of learning, new skills, new approaches to knowledge, and new pedagogies. 21st Century Skills are skills that children need in order to be successful in the 21st century. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a leading public-private partnership in this effort, classifies them as: Learning and Innovation Skills: Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication and Collaboration (the “4 Cs”) Information, Media, and Technology Skills: Information Literacy, Media Literacy, and ICT Literacy Life and Career Skills: Flexibility and Adaptability, Initiative and Self Direction, Social and Cross-cultural Skills, Productivity and Accountability These skills form the second tier of necessities for today's children. They must be built upon the framework of core subjects (the old “3 Rs”) as well as 21st-century themes such as global awareness, financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial, health, civic literacy etc
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