21st Century Skills in the Classroom


“21st Century Skills”: a common buzzword in the classroom, but just what does it mean?

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills lists these:

Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes

  • English, reading or language arts
  • World languages
  • Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Government and Civics
  • Global awareness
  • Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy
  • Civic literacy
  • Health literacy
  • Environmental literacy

Learning and Innovation Skills

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration

Information, Media and Technology Skills

  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • ICT Literacy

Life and Career Skills

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Initiative and self-direction
  • Social and cross-cultural skills
  • Accountability and productivity
  • Leadership and responsibility

We’re not arguing. Not because we couldn’t quibble, but because we think it’s so important that we all get on more or less the same page that we think we should adopt this admirable list and get to work. We can work on the details as we go along.

What do you think?


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