Back again to the topic of the skills the 21st century learners should have but this time I ll be looking at them from the eyes of a very popular educator and author named Tony Wagner. In this wonderful 29 minutes talk, Tony, based on his 30 years of experience in teacher education, recommends what he called 7 survival skills every student should have in the 21st century.
The talk you will watch below is divided into two sections:
1- Achievement Gap
In this first section Tony talks about the achievement gap. This concept is well popularized in his book " The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need--and What We Can Do About It ". In The Global Achievement Gap, education expert Tony Wagner situates our school problems in the larger context of the demands of the global knowledge economy. With insights gained from visits to classrooms in leading suburban schools, he analyzes performance by considering the skills needed to get a good job and become a productive citizen. Highlighting discussions with young people and the adults who work with them, Wagner also explains the ways in which today’s generation is differently motivated to excel.
A manifesto for the twenty-first century, The Global Achievement Gap is a must-read for anyone interested in seeing our young people achieve their full potential.
2- Skills Students must Have
The second section features 7 of the 7 skills Tony highlights as being most crucial for students to thrive in a knowledge economy. Here is a brief roundup of these skills:
- Critical thinking and problem-solving
- Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
- Agility and adaptability
- Initiative and entrepreneurialism
- Effective oral and written communication
- Accessing and analyzing information
- Curiosity and imagination