Technological advances have changed the world forever. It is very true that the difference in progress made in last 15 years is exponentially more than the progress done in last 200 years.
With this transformed world, transformed life, we need new life skills.
Lets visit some of these skills and discuss how have they climbed the importance ladder and why do we really need them now, more than ever?
Global citizenship is an outlook on life, a belief that we can make a difference. It is about enabling young people to develop the core competencies which allow them to actively engage with the world, and help to make it a more just and sustainable place. In our interdependent world, global citizenship encourages us to recognize our responsibilities towards each other, and learn from each other.
Global citizenship must be at the heart of all the endeavors of education. It is quite relevant to children, and gives learning a meaning. It recognizes that we have the power as individuals: each of us can change things, and each of us has choices about how we behave. Global citizenship promotes the challenging and changing of the fact that the world we live in is unfair and unequal. Going forward in this line of thought enables the challenging of misplaced information and stereotyped views about different perceptions prevailing for the people of this world, and allows children to counter ignorance and intolerance.
Critical thinking and problem solving
Problem solving and critical thinking refers to the ability to use information, facts, and knowledge to effectively solve problems. This doesn’t mean one needs to have an immediate answer, it means one must be able to think on one’s feet, gauge problems and find solutions. The ability to reach to a well thought out solution within an optimal time frame, however, is a skill that world values truly and for which our children need to be developed accordingly.
Some of our problems are typical and complex, while others may be more easily solved. There are plethora of challenges and issues that can arise in any dimension of life. Whether in a family, in a community or in a job, experiencing difficulties with the tasks at hand or with peers, the life presents ongoing challenges on a daily basis. Whether these problems are large or small, they need to be dealt with constructively and fairly. Having the necessary skills to identify solutions to problems is one of the skills that children should learn from the very beginning. This includes reasoning, interpreting, evaluating, examining, sequencing, comparing, analyzing, questioning, inferring, and generalizing.
Before we start worrying about getting our kids trained on these skills, shouldn’t we try to find out how much our kids understand about Values and Ethics, Global Citizenship and Critical Thinking & Problem Solving and so many other important life skills.
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