The Leader In Me – Chapter 2 Summary – Part 2
In this part of chapter two, we learn about some of the studies that show what parents really want from their schools.
The University of Michigan revealed some new trends in what parents wanted from schools. Whereas parents in the 1920s wanted their kids to be obedient, respectful and have good manners, parents of the 1990s wanted their kids to be able to “think for themselves, to take responsibility for their lives, to show initiative, and to be tolerant of diversity…”
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created a report with four aims – or pillars – for educators to emphasize in the twenty-first century. They are
- Learning to Know – how to become lifelong learners
- Learning to Do – initiative, willingness to risk, time management, communication, innovation, leadership and teamwork.
- Learning to Live Together – an awareness of the similarities and interdependence of all people.
- Learning to Be – education should contribute to every person’s complete development – mind and body, intelligence, sensitivity, aesthetic appreciation and spirituality.
Daniel Goleman’s research on Social Emotional Learning argued that “Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a better predictor of both academic and life success than is IQ.”
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills released a study that showed that “the three R’s” don’t rank as high as other skills such as critical thinking and problem solving skills.
A study by Edexcel, a worldwide education firm, showed what employers are looking for in the forthcoming workforce. Topping their findings were: problem solving skills, positive thinking, creativity/innovation, multitasking, initiative, cultural sensitivity, accepting responsibility, team working, empathy, communication, professional manners and knowledge of the details of the Battle of Gettysburg. (I’m kidding about that last one.)
In Tony Wagner’s book, The Global Achievement Gap – Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need – and What We Can Do About It, he identifies what he sees as the new basic skills for work, citizenship, and learning. They are: critical thinking and problem solving, networks and leading by influence, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information, and curiosity and imagination.
Finally, a Gallup poll revealed that critical thinking, creativity, communication, and other soft skills, as well as student physical and social wellbeing are necessary for future success in higher education and in the workplace.
“While student success may depend on mastery of content in core subject areas such as math and reading, it also depends on more than knowledge of core content.”
“It is a global call for educators to widen the lens beyond core academics.”