Teachers have a duty to prepare students for the real world, but that can be difficult when the world itself is rapidly changing. According to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education the gap is growing between the skills people learn and the skills people need, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive.
Widely known as ‘The Four Cs’ these life skills will enable students to adapt and develop in a fast-developing world:
Speaking confidently and clearly will always be important, even in a world dominated by technology. Managers need to have good English to write clearly and sharp presentation skills to address staff and clients.
Encourage students to be creative in the classroom and willing to share and develop ideas with others. Students need to learn to adapt to different situations and find solutions to issues or challenges.
Working harmoniously with others is essential in life, while being able to lead can help you advance and become successful. Students should be encouraged to take on different roles within their group, and active listening should be encouraged. The environment can be adapted to accommodate collaboration. We love the way the railway carriage can be used for a range of different collaborative activities.
With so much information available today, students need to know the difference between fact and opinion. Where did the information come from, has it been checked and can it be trusted?