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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What 21st Century Skills Are

The 21st Century themes below are woven throughout all the major components of the 21st Century Skills framework. They build upon and enhance the traditional core subjects taught and assessed in our schools today.
21st Century themes
  • Global awareness
  • Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurship literacy
  • Civic literacy
  • Health literacy
There are four major components, or categories, to 21st Century Skills:
  • Core subjects
  • Learning and innovation skills
  • Information, media and technology skills
  • Life and career skills

Rather than adding to what educators must teach, 21st Century Skills can be woven into how traditional courses are taught. For example, social science assignments can incorporate research from the Internet and include social network content from other students living in the assignment region. This weaves 21st Century Skills of information and computer technology literacy and global awareness into the traditional core subject of social science. In addition, the social network aspect will probably engage students more than a traditional research assignment.