In our work with uSchool, a new design-based high school opening in Philadelphia in the fall, we were asked to respond to these two questions:
- What are the five skills that you know high-schoolers must be taught to be successful at the next level?
- What are the values that schools can inculcate to launch youth into successful post-secondary careers?
The answers required a significant amount of reflection and thought. Here is what we came up with:
For the five skills high-schoolers must be taught to be successful at the next level, we said:
- Collaboration (empathic listening, co-creation, group dynamics)
- Systems thinking (making connections at a granular level, then zoom out to see/construct the big picture)
- Creativity (play, imagination, out of the box thinking)
- Resilience (lessened fear of failure, reflection and subsequent iteration)
- Multi-modal communication (verbal, visual, written, body language)
For the values that schools can inculcate to launch youth into successful post-secondary careers, we said:
- Learning by doing (experiential, real world projects)
- Self-awareness (responsibility, integrity, self-control)
- Diversity (in thought, contribution, role)
- Agency (self-motivation, self-directed, confidence, optimism)
- Craft ("the desire to do a job well for its own sake" as said by Richard Sennett)
How would you have responded to those two questions?