Charles Fadel: what qualities & skills do our kids need to succeed in the 21st Century?

Parents have a vital role to play in making sure their children have the schooling they need to succeed in work and life, according to Charles Fadel.

Charles Fadel  is a renowned global education thought leader who recently delivered  the second Australian Learning Lecture: “The New Success, what qualities and skills do our kids need to succeed in the 21stCentury”. It was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 11 May and I attended a live screening of this lecture at the State Library of WA.

He argues that parents, alongside policy makers and educators are critical to helping education transition from an old system which focused on subjects and grades to the New Success where problem solving, creativity, collaboration matter and are essential.

“All the great problems of our times – solving global warming, curing diseases, ending poverty, and the rest – don’t stand a chance without education preparing each citizen to play a part in helping to solve our collective problems,” Mr Fadel said.

Mr Fadel is a pioneer of the idea of 21st Century skills and an advocate for transforming education to help children apply 21st Century skills to the challenges of our times.

He suggests that parents draw on their experience at work and life and talk to their children about why it is not only what they know that matters but also how they use it, how they behave, and how they adapt.

Critically, parents have an essential role to play in holding politicians accountable and have the courage to plan long-term.

“Parents have a responsibility to their children to call for change. The world is never going to be like the one from their childhood, and it is safer for their children to move forward than clinging to a bygone world. As voters, they can play a part in encouraging politicians to make the necessary change happen,” said Mr Fadel.

The video of Charles Fadel’s presentation is now available on the ALL website and on YouTube by clicking here and here.


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31 May 2017 - 3:42 PM
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