In order to succeed in an extremely competitive and fast-moving environment, kids need to learn 21st century skills in the classroom and do more than just memorise and regurgitate facts.
They also need to adapt to changes that are taking place around them. At the same time, be confident in their own skills and develop the foresight to seize the right opportunity.
To drive home this point, Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) has identified a suite of core values and competencies that are increasingly important. According to MOE, 21st century competencies must be included as part of a holistic educational framework. Let’s take a look at them.
21st Century Skills In The Classroom: What Parents Must Know
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1. Core Values
As you can see, right at the centre of the framework are core values. These core values include respect, responsibility, resilience, integrity, care and harmony; and are at the foundation of our shared societal and national values.
Respect: A child will be able to demonstrate respect when they believe in their own self-worth and the intrinsic worth of people.
Responsibility: The value of responsibility will come when your kids will recognise they have a duty to themselves, their families, community, nation and the world. They should fulfill their responsibilities with love and commitment.
Resilience: Challenges are a part of life. But your kid will be able to demonstrate the skill of resilience when they can face challenges bravely.
Integrity: Your child will be able to demonstrate the values of integrity when he or she will have the courage to stand up for what is right and wrong in society.
Care: Teach your kids the importance of little acts of kindness and how they contribute to the betterment of the community and the world.
Harmony: Your child will be able to promote harmony when they appreciate the unity and diversity of a multicultural society.
Adapting these core values will help your child shape their attitude, belief, and actions and prepare themselves to succeed.
2. Social-Emotional Competencies
Using the above core values, your child needs to work on skills that will help them develop healthy identities and better manage their emotions. Here are the skill sets which they should learn to adapt as well.
According to MOE, working on these competencies will also help your child develop positive relationships, handle challenges, and make responsible decisions.
3. Competencies for Globalised World
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In today’s globalised and fast-changing world, your child needs a combination of competencies and core values that push him/her to achieve their goals. These have been recognised by MOE as the following:
Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and Cross-Cultural Skills
Critical and Inventive Thinking
Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills
It is only after successfully implementing the core values and competencies together that students will be able to achieve desired outcome. As you know, Desired Outcomes of Education are attributes that MOE aspires for every Singaporean to possess by the time they complete their formal education.
Confident person: They will have a strong sense of right and wrong. They will also be able to think independently and critically and communicate effectively.
Concerned citizen: They have a strong civic consciousness, are responsible to their family, community and nation. They will also be found taking active roles in improving the lives of others.
Active contributor: You will find that your kids have grown up to be individuals who are able to work effectively in teams, take calculated risks, are innovative and strive for excellence.
Self-directed learner: They will be able to take responsibility for their own learning and question, reflect and persevere in the lifelong pursuit of learning.
Here are the 8 developmental outcomes for each key stage of Singapore education system
Will be able to distinguish right from wrong.
Have moral integrity
Have the moral courage to stand up for what is right
They will know their strengths and areas for growth
Believe in their abilities and be able to adapt to change
Be resilient in the face of adversity
Will learn to cooperate, share and care for others
Be able to work in teams and show empathy for others
Be able to collaborate across cultures and be socially responsible
Develop curiosity about their surroundings
Be creative and have an inquiring mind
Be innovative and enterprising.
Should be able to think for express themselves
Be able to appreciate diverse views and communicate effectively
Be able to think critically and communicate persuasively
Learn to take pride in their work
Take responsibility for their own learning
Be purposeful in pursuit of excellence
Start developing healthy habits
Enjoy physical activities and appreciate the arts
Pursue a healthy lifestyle and have an appreciation for aesthetics
Know and love Singapore
Believe in Singapore and understand what matters to our country
Be proud to be Singaporean and understand Singapore in relation to the world
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MOE further notes that these competencies cannot be mastered in the classroom alone. In order to help kids, both schools and parents should work hand-in-hand. These values will help your child think critically and come up with innovative and quick solutions to complex problems.
21st century skills in the classroom as well as these competencies will continue to be in demand in the coming days. In fact, even today as we are in the middle of the pandemic and schools have shifted online, we realise how technology and innovation have revolutionised our lives.
Yes, textbook knowledge is required, but along with it, you should hone your child’s ability to acquire relevant skills, which will frame his or her identity.
Information source: MOE