Skills for the 21st century

Trend in past centuries

Agricultural Age – 18th Century

Industrial Age – 19th Century

Information Age – 20th Century

Conceptual Age – 21st Century

Education systems are designed during the Industrial age and it produced workers for factories. Core subjects covered under schools during this century are

  • English – Reading, Writing and Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Government and Civics

We are still following these traditional education systems.  It is not sufficient to make few changes to fit for 21st century, rather it requires a complete transformation in order to equip human capital for the 21st century.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills was formed in 2002 by U.S. Department of Education with fortune companies such as Apple, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft, SAP, etc that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. P21 advocates to promote understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into core subjects such as Global Awareness, Financial,Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy, Health Literacy and Environmental Literacy

Apart from core subjects and 3 Rs (Relating, Representing and Reasoning), following skills(4Cs) are mandatory for students of 21st Century

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Information, Media and Technology Literacy
  • Life Skills
    • Flexibility and Adaptability
    • Initiative and Self Direction
    • Social and cross cultural Skills
    • Productivity and Accountability
    • Leadership and Responsibility

For more information on tools and resource provided by P21 refer here