21st Century Skills


As we forge on into the new millennium educators can no longer stick to just the classics: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Daniel Pink states, “Students must be prepared for their future.” In today’s schools we are still educating our students as though their futures will look like our past or present, but ask your grandparents or even parents and they will inform you that the world has changed. Consider how technology has transformed our world into a global market. We are no longer just showcasing to the people down the street, but instead to individuals several time-zones away. Clearly we will always need the foundation that our educational system was developed upon, however our student must now also be versed in the new areas like global awareness and technology literacy.Beyond content, the pedagogy must change as well. Highlighted below are the skills that the classroom should develop for students as they are exposed to core curriculum and 21st Century Themes.

Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes

  1. Core Subjects
  2. Global Awareness
  3. Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy
  4. Civic Literacy
  5. Health Literacy
  6. Environmental Literacy

Learning and Innovation Skills

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  3. Communication and Collaboration

Information, Media, and Technology Skills

  1. Information Literacy
  2. Media Literacy
  3. ICT (Information, Communications, and Technology) Literacy

Life and Career Skills

  1. Flexibility and Adaptability
  2. Initiative and Self-Direction
  3. Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
  4. Productivity and Accountability
  5. Leadership and Responsibility

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