Context for 21st Century Skills

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21st Century Skills: The 4Cs

Most of us are familiar with the 4Cs of 21st Century Skills: (1) Creativity (2) Collaboration (3) Critical Thinking and (4) Communication. But, why do these matter more today? What is the context that requires us to change how we teach and learn?

21st Century Context: The 4Cs Behind the 4Cs

The 21st Century is a wildly different place than what schools were designed for. The 21st Century is rapidly increasing towards more (1) Complexity (2) Change (3) Competition and (4) Connectedness. To thrive in these four future conditions, the 4Cs of the 21st Century Context, students will need to master the 4C’s of 21st Century Skills.

As the world’s context changes, schools must evolve too, or risk leaving every student behind. And, perhaps if we first start with why, understanding the world students will enter, it will be easier for teachers to get the support they deserve in making it a reality.

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