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The Future of Education: Essential Skills in the 21st Century

With the fast advancement of technology and new jobs coming on the horizon every year, it is only natural that the traditional educational approach would be faced with the need to change in order to keep up with the fast-paced world we currently live in. So, what are some of the things that are slowly emerging and making their way in the curriculum?

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Traditionally, we are used to seeing languages, STEM subjects, even arts, and while these core subjects are here to stay, in its Schools of the Future paper, the World Economic Forum suggests there is a need for more soft-skills subjects. They believe the students need to learn more about interpersonal skills, innovation and creativity skills, technology skills, and global citizenship skills.

As a fresh graduate who has now found themselves in the adult world for the first time, I very much would have appreciated it if such skills were taught when I was a student. These skills are essential in everyday life. For example, studying interpersonal skills is a great way to prepare students for the future job hunt, and make them more confident during interviews.

Innovation and creativity skills, such as problem-solving and analytical thinking are also something that can boost one’s confidence and help them make better decisions in life.

Another subject that I personally think would be beneficial, and my peers seem to agree, is finances. Financial education would make the grown-up world seem less scary as you would be prepared to deal with personal finances, loans, investments, and especially taxes. It can be quite a daunting experience when you first start managing your own finances and having proper education beforehand would make this experience less stressful.

And as technology is progressing with each day, and AI on the rise, it would be essential to teach young people how to navigate the online world and avoid misinformation. AI is rapidly developing, with deepfake videos emerging everywhere. It seems to be getting harder and harder to fact-check everything we see, and I believe learning how to do so would be beneficial for future generations.

With the rapid technological development, is it harder than ever for school education to stay up-to-date and give the best fundamental skills and knowledge to students. It appears that in a world where all information is just one click away, it is more important than ever to teach more practical knowledge, including soft-skills. What are some subjects and skills that you wish were taught, and would like to see in the future curriculums?


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