21st Century Skills are so 20th Century!

Blogcollectief Onderzoek Onderwijs

For the last few years I have been saying that the 21st century skills that educators, policy makers, newspapers, industry, and educational/societal think tanks have all been propagating to the point of having hissy-fits is pure BS> This isn’t because the skills aren’t important, but rather because most, if not all, of these skills were needed in the previous century with possibly one exception.

But first things first: What are these ‘holy’ 21stcentury skills? Though they have been stated in many places and many ways, with each presenter giving them their own special flavourings and colourings, what they boil down to is:


Though I have said in the past that skills like critical thing, problem-solving, creativity, communication, collaboration, … have always[1] been important, this morning while waiting for a 7:30 flight from Helsinki to Oulu a podcast from one of my favourite programmes – Radio Diaries

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