21st Century Education at Your Doorstep
During the first few years, a child goes through rapid physical and mental development that demands such an ideal instructional environment which could actualize the untapped reservoir of energy in the child. Wise selection of the alma mater of a child by the parents is of significant consequence as it bears an indelible impression on the mind of the child, especially in the present era of challenges, opportunities, diversity, technology and globalization.
The children of the present age should not be confined to local and national boundaries as they belong to a world that has shrunk into a tiny global village. They don’t play any more with simple toys of the past, but they literally take in the world via the filter of computing devices: the cellular phones, handheld gaming devices, i-pods, smart phones and laptops that they take everywhere, plus the computers, TVs and game consoles at home. Today the teachers are dealing with students whose entire lives have been immersed in the 21st century media culture. There is a dire need of an educational programme that helps create the following qualities in our children:
Effective Written and Oral Communication
Effective written and oral communication is extremely essential in the 21 century. Students learn to listen actively, organize and articulate a discussion, present information, and argue points respectfully. Communication skills are not seen as a “given.” Effective communication, when speaking and writing, is encouraged and cultivated through activities that challenge students to think beyond any reactions or preconceptions about a topic or problem.
Ethical Decision Making
Character building is a cornerstone of the 21st-century skills classroom. We all make decisions every day, from the most simple to more complicated choices. A 21st-century curriculum teaches students how to navigate their own decision-making process by considering ethical factors, such as respect, fairness, equality, and kindness. Students explore how seemingly small decisions they make each day have far-reaching effects on others.
Today’s world needs strong leaders. A 21st-century skills classroom focuses on developing leadership skills related to listening, building consensus, organizing, and motivating a group to action. Students learn what it means to have a responsibility for something beyond themselves.