About 21st Century Skills
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Why They Are Needed
-- The World Is Changing
-- Global Competition
-- Different Skills Required
-- Education Must Change
Why They Are Important
-- Closing the Gap
What They Are
-- Core Subjects
-- Learning and Innovation Skills
-- Information Media and Technology Skills
-- Life and Career Skills
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Learning and Innovation Skills

People referred to as "smart" or "genius" often are not those who have the highest IQs or know more facts but rather are those who can creatively solve problems. These individuals are not bound by the way others have done things in the past and are not afraid to try new approaches.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Communication and collaboration


These learning and innovation skills have to be developed and nurtured in our students. These skills are very different than memorizing how to solve a particular math problem or repeating someone else's research.

Students have to be encouraged to think outside of the proverbial box and learn it is OK to fail when breaking new ground and developing new ideas.