One brave blogger has attempted to list the skills they thought are the important ones for school children to have in the 21st Century.
They had broken their list into three parts:
- Totally new skills (did not exist pre-21st Century)
- Skills that existed in the past but are much more important now
- Skills that are always in demand but now have technology to help!
As I read the list I wondered about how these skills should be imparted? Should they be directly taught? For example tell them we are going learn touch typing and how to position the hands and which fingers are used on which keys. Or should we teach them via work? As them, for example, to write 200 words about their favourite film and the first person to finish gets to read it out.
For me any listing of 21st Century skills should be broken down into these parts:
- Best taught directly
- Best acquired by doing as part of other work
- Best a blend of both
And then it might become more apparent which skills a teacher should be concentrating on in designing lessons.