Letters to the Editor

Ensuring a successful future for your child

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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Dear Editor,

As parents and teachers we have the noble but challenging task of preparing our students to become productive citizens — employers, employees, professionals, educators, and caretakers of our planet in this century.

Beyond mastery of skills, what can you do to help prepare your students? What can you promote to be sure they are equipped with the tools they will need to take on the challenges and opportunities that we cannot yet even imagine?

Our focus as parents and teachers has been the improvement in grades and test scores. Competition, therefore, becomes the order of the day. Now, more than ever before, business partnerships are built across continents that require more collaboration. It has become necessary to teach collaboration as a value and skill set.

Students of today need new skills for the future that will make them ready to collaborate with others on a global level. Whatever they do, we can expect their work to include finding creative solutions to emerging challenges.

New information is being discovered and disseminated at a phenomenal rate. It is predicted that 50 per cent of the facts students are memorising today will no longer be accurate or complete in the near future. Students need to know how to build relationships, find accurate information, and how to use critical analysis for assessing the veracity or bias and the current or potential uses of new information. These (lateral thinking and analysis) are the executive functions that they need to develop and practise in the home and at school today, because without them students will be unprepared to find, analyse, and use the information of tomorrow.

In order for collaboration to happen within a global community, job applicants of the future will be evaluated by their ability to communicate with openness to, and tolerance for unfamiliar cultures and ideas. To foster these critical skills, today's students will need open discussions and experiences that can help them learn about and feel comfortable communicating with people of other cultures.

Teaching the soft skills of teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving, and conflict resolution are positively correlated with career success. Let us prepare them well.

Linton Smith


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