About 21st Century Skills
Mission and Vision
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
What Minnesotans Can Do
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Life and Career Skills

Today's greatest success stories are not about people who are necessarily the smartest but those who can communicate a vision to others and lead them in the execution of it. They also recognize and surround themselves with those that are smarter and more capable than they are.

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Initiative and self-direction
  • Social and crosscultural skills
  • Productivity and accountability
  • Leadership and responsibility


If you were to ask great business leaders of the 20th Century why they were so successful, most would attribute it to their staff of smart and talented individuals, which would be a testament to their ability to surround themselves with such people.