Would You Hire Your Own Kids? 7 Skills Schools Should be Teaching Them

Tony Wagner, Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has published his latest 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 (New York: Basic Books, 2008). This article is derived from that book, and the seven skills are listed below. Check out the article for more detail and see the questions at the end of this post.

The seven skills:

1. Critical Thinking and Problem-solving

2. Collaboration Across Networks and Leading By Influence

3. Agility and Adaptability

4. Initiative and Entrepreneurialism

5. Effective Oral and Written Communication

6. Accessing and Analysing Information

7. Curiosity and Imagination

Now, take a look at the graduate profile of your programme. Are any of these skills articulated?

Look at the Learning Outcomes for the courses you teach. Where do students learn any of these skills?

Please let us at Te Puna Ako know if you’d like to explore ways to teach these skills to your students with the curriculum that you have. We are interested in helping you make the most of what and how you teach.

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