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Connecting the Middle World with the Real World

Our roles as educators and parents of middle level learners are daunting ones.  We somehow need to prepare our youth for a business world that requires skills not found in teachers’ manuals or academic model standards.  Yet repeatedly, we hear business leaders tell us our graduates lack skills necessary for this “new” real world.  What do we do to combine our real world of academic accountability and test scores with our students’ future real world of business?

In his book, The Global Achievement Gap, Tony Wagner identifies seven survival skills our students need to not only survive, but thrive, in a 21st-Century business climate.  To give insight into what business leaders want from their future employees, Wagner summarizes below:

  1. CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING ~ “The idea that a company’s senior leaders have all the answers and can solve problems by themselves has gone completely by the wayside…The person who’s close to the work has to have strong analytic skills. You have to be rigorous: test your assumptions, don’t take things at face value, don’t go in with preconceived ideas that you’re trying to prove.” ~ Ellen Kumata, consultant for Fortune 200 companies
  2. COLLABORATION ACROSS NETWORKS AND LEADING BY INFLUENCE ~ “The biggest problem we have in the company as a whole is finding people capable of exerting leadership across the board…Our mantra is that you lead by influence, rather by authority.” ~ Mark Chandler, Sr. VP and General Counsel at Cisco
  3. AGILITY AND ADAPTABILITY ~ “I’ve been here four years, and we’ve done fundamental reorganization every year because of changes in the business…I can guarantee the job I hire someone to do will change or may not exist in the future, so this is why adaptability and learning skills are more important than technical skills.” ~ Clay Parker, President of Chemical Management Division of BOC Edwards
  4. INITIATIVE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ~ “For our production and crafts staff, the hourly workers, we need self-directed people…who can find creative solutions to some very tough, challenging problems.” ~Mark Maddox,. Human Resources Manager at Unilever Food North America
  5. EFFECTIVE ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION ~ “The biggest skill people are missing is the ability to communicate: both written and oral presentations. It’s a huge problem for us.” ~ Annmarie Neal, Vice President for Talent Management at Cisco Systems
  6. ACCESSING AND ANALYZING  INFORMATION ~ “There is so much information available that it is almost too much, and if people aren’t prepared to process the information effectively, it almost freezes them in their steps.” ~ Mike Summers, VP for Global Talent Management at Dell
  7. CURIOSITY AND IMAGINATION ~ “Our old idea is that work is defined by employers and that employees have to do whatever the employer wants…but actually, you would like him to come up with an interpretation that you like—he’s adding something personal—a creative element.” ~ Michael Jung, Sr. Consultant at McKinsey and Company

Now we know what the expectations are.  What can we, as educators and parents, do to nurture our middle level learners’ growth in their next “real world?”