In this dynamic world, education is also changing at a fast pace. We now learn to use new words and their creative usage rather than learning word meanings. People now need to be creative to be successful. Earlier, we had to memorize everything line by line to achieve good marks, however. Now we have to think creatively. In the 21st century, education is all about being creative and uniquely presenting your ideas.
The educators and teachers of 21st-century education are required to help every student think creatively, along with critical thinking, encourage group work and team spirit.
Teaching children how to communicate better and effectively is also a vital part of education in these times.
Generation Z, people born between 1995-2009, and generation Alpha, people born since the year 2010 are very technology-oriented generation. They had internet connections on their Ipads, phone, and laptops from a very young age.
This generation needs to have different skills as it has grown with a high level of technology. The coalition P21 highlighted four skills which are a must (Partnership for 21st-century learning) creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, flexibility, productivity, and social skills
These four primary departments have to be present in the whole process of teaching.
Creativity is about thinking in new ways about a particular topic. Critical thinking is about analyzing information cleverly. Communication is understanding different views and presenting yours. Collaboration is about teamwork.
There are other skills also which are essential for 21st-century education. Entrepreneurship is the mindset for setting up a business or having new ideas. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is an important aspect, as well.
Digital technology is also a fundamental part of 21st-century education. Students should be taught strategically through different programs. Teachers should give assignments on better communication for student engagement. Many studies claim that memorizing lessons is not the right way of learning.
Students are engaged in better learning in various ways. International education is a part of it. There are many schools which take admissions from all across the world. Students learn to corporate and adjust from this kind of education. They also become independent as they go out to study and participate in exchange programs. The students learn various skills like dancing, singing, and cuisines of different cultures. The ability to think creatively and critically with being happy with what you have is a proper 21-st century education.
By Muskan Srivastava
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