Education Sector has opened a discussion on 21st century skills. What are they? Elena Silva tackles the question:
The heart of 21st century skills—what policymakers and educators need to focus on—is an emphasis on what students can do with knowledge rather than the individual units of knowledge they have. The ability to analyze and evaluate information, and to create new ideas and new knowledge from that information—these are the skills that matter most now. And while these aren’t new skills, they are essential today in ways they weren’t in past centuries. That’s an economic reality—most of the simplest jobs today are done by computers, which means today’s workers need to do more than that—they need to think analytically and creatively so they can make sound judgments about everyday issues and problems.
Of course, it helps to start with some knowledge before you start creating new knowledge. You can’t make bricks without straw. Come to think of it, I don’t know how to make bricks with straw. But I can google it: Straw is a binding material for the mud.
Catherine Johnson is dubious about the need for new-fangled 21st century skills.