Education plays a key role in teaching new skills your child needs for the future. The problem is though that the world is changing faster than traditional educational institutions can keep up. Ten years ago, how likely is it that a child doing their IGCSEs would have had a realistic shot of being a pilot to Mars or mRNA vaccine specialist?
Although we know that maths, reading & writing and STEM subjects are going to be essential to success in future economies, do you know about the “soft” new skills your child needs for the future? Our guide runs through the key skills that will future-proof your child’s education, and how a model of student-led learning can help you get there.
Letting people understand what you mean is important. Traditional schools hone this skill in children primarily through reading and writing. In the future though, communication will take place through a multiple of mediums and contexts. Regardless of your child’s dream career, they will need to know how to get their point across in a direct way that actually succeeds in getting people to buy-in to their ideas in person and online.
Schools which mix off-line and online learning put learners in a great position to develop their communication by exposing learners to students with a wider variety of backgrounds.
Creativity can mean making unique art, but for most learners it is about demonstrating original thinking to solve problems. This means first identifying a problem, exploring the nature of it, brainstorming ideas and planning a solution.
Schools which put self-directed learning at the heart of their curriculum are able to encourage students to discover their passion subjects, and then pursue them in more depth. This means learners are constantly challenged to ask higher-level questions and discover robust answers.
Working successfully with others is about more than how well you can interact with other people. It requires deep levels of self-control, empathy and time management. For this reason, collaboration is often cited as the most critical soft skill a person can develop.
Project-based learning is one approach to foster this skill in young learners. By giving more autonomy to a group of learners to deep-dive into a topic, they gain more confidence to collaborate successfully.
The future is digital, and being able to succeed in this environment means two things. One is being able to quickly assess multiple streams of data that you find online, and being able to discern what is authentic. On top of this it’s important to understand the technology concepts that underpin these tools. Things like programming languages change constantly, but fully comprehending the principles and logic behind it guarantees some degree of success.
Schools which embrace the concept of learning hubs can go a long way to instilling these skills into learners. By giving access both online and in-person to experts in fields like coding, social media and hardware, children can learn from domain masters in subjects that lie outside traditional curriculums.
Brave Generation Academy is committed to delivering the new skills your child needs for the future. From concept to execution, our educational model is designed to harness soft skills in tandem with their academic triumphs. Through student-directed learning, project-based learning and learning hubs which connect teachers and learners worldwide, our model encourages learners to take control of their education.
February 10, 2021, Cascais
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