How to make our pupils’ education relevant.
In a recent article published on the website topunivesities.com, it listed various job titles which did not exist five years ago, yet today are in high demand in the marketplace. Social Media Manager, Content Manager, Data Analyst and User Experience Manager (UX) are jobs I had never heard of when I arrived at Beaulieu College. A report by the World Economic Forum reveals that around 65% of the jobs that primary school pupils will be doing when they finish high school do not exist today.
I know it has almost become cliché to talk about 21st Century skills but the more I read about it the more I realise that everyone is embracing this trend except the institution that most needs to develop the workforce of the future, our education system. We spend a good deal of time training pupils how to answer questions, but not enough time is used to teach how to ask a question. Before you can solve a problem, you must be able to critically analyze and question what is causing it. This is why Critical Thinking and Problem Solving are essential skills in need of development.
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