The present model of education was invented more than 100 years ago during the industrial revolution and the enlightenment era. It was working for them in the past, but it is no longer suitable for the 21st century. It is based on a conveyor belt model trying to produce the same product of individually different and gifted children. This has produced the segregation of academic or smart people and the non academic or the non smart people. But the reality is every child is not the same and they carry different gifts and talents. So to measure them in only one way of measuring such as the academics would be a crime and an injustice for those who maybe gifted in the different areas such as arts, sports, business, etc. We need to discover what each child’s strengths are, develop those things and equip them with other skills sets that will help to bring out the best in them. No child, when they learn diligently, should fail.
The 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning:
- Critical Thinking – solving problems
- Communication – understanding & communicating ideas
- Collaboration – working with others
- Creativity – thinking outside the box