Educators need to re-frame the problem to understand the context of the global education crisis.
In his book, The Global Achievement Gap (GAP), Dr Tony Wagner has found a skills gap between what schools teach and the essential skills graduates need.
Wagner is an education expert and Co-Director of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group. His book is a modern manifesto on how to re-invent the global education system.
He has discovered three challenging trends education systems have to face:
1. A transition from an industrial-based to a knowledge-based economy;
2. New skill sets and careers are now changing and converging; and
3. The Millennial (or ‘Net Generation’) is differently motivated to learn than previous generations.
To solve these challenges, “[Educators] have re-think, re-imagine, re-conceptualise; education, teaching and learning for the 21st century,” says Wagner.
Wagner states 7 skills graduates need to survive and thrive in the new world of work:
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 analyzing information
7. Curiosity and imagination
Graduates need these vital skills to earn decent minimum wage jobs. To become active and informed global citizens.
See Dr Tony Wagner here talking about how to re-invent the global education system and equip Millennial graduates with vital skills.