Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century
October 01, 2012
To achieve their full potential in college and beyond, high school students need to develop a range of skills and knowledge that facilitate mastery and application of English, mathematics, and other school subjects. At the same time, students need to be equipped with skills like problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking to succeed in today’s economy.
This report describes the important set of key skills that today’s students need to increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher-order thinking.
Because 21st century competencies support deeper learning of school subjects, their widespread acquisition could potentially reduce disparities in educational attainment, preparing a broader swathe of young people for successful adult outcomes in work and other areas of life.