“The world no longer cares how much our students know. Knowledge is a commodity. What the world cares about is what the kids will do with what they know.”
- Critical thinking and problem solving. Begins with the ability to ask really good questions… the right questions. The world is more interested in problem formulation, than problem solving.
- Collaboration across networks and leading by influence. Working together on teams where cultural diversity is valued. These teams are led by peers with influence, not supervisors with positional authority. How do we ensure that every young person learns to lead their peers through influence?
- Agility and adaptability. The pace of change and the complexity of problems favors people who are agile and adaptable.
- Initiative and entrepreneurialism. How do we keep that entrepreneurial system alive? Merely meeting goals is not good enough. But if a person sets 10 far-reaching or stretch goals and hits 6 or 7 of them, he or she is a hero.
- Effective oral and written communication. Number one complaint of employers and college teachers. The reason students don’t know how to write is they don’t know how to think, to reason… making a constructive and coherent argument. This is only half the problem: “They do not know how to write with voice. They don’t know how to put their own passion and perspective into their communications.” When was the last time you were asked to speak or write with passion?
- Accessing and analyzing information.
- Curiosity and imagination. Right brain skills (curiosity, empathy, imagination, creativity) are at least as important as left brain skills. However, the need for curiosity and imagination is more important than we realize.
While this training and perspective video shares some cutting edge thoughts for the business world, these skills are vital for our children to learn in order to engage with this ever-changing world of ours.
The Gospel is transferred and communicated in the mediums of our time. Culture is a vehicle through which to dialogue about how relevant and true the Good News of Jesus. The Gospel is a-culture, meaning it transcends nor is bound by culture. However, it is through doing good culture exegesis can we hope to communicate and dialogue with those within our culture.
These are traits that disciples of Jesus need to understand in order to “witness” to our culture.