Saturday, January 2, 2016

Skills for the future

Now, if the future is uncertain (as it always is) - where does that leave us? Our children? What does that mean for us - as we think of developing the right skills for children?

Here is my thought.

As much as the future changes and in whichever direction, some basic things wont change.

The fact is that nothing can be achieved by Effort. Discipline. Building these skills are very important. To know that effort has its rewards - not in a material sense - but in the joy of learning and becoming 'good' at something for the sake of it.

It is good to try out many things - but being a jack of all trades is not good enough. One needs to master at atleast 1 or 2 things.

That means conceptual clarity - clarity which comes with years of education, trial and error - is important.

Having had the above conceptual clarity - how much can you step out of it and view the world that you know well and break those rules - that is innovation.

Whatever else you have or do not have - in any field - I think the above skills are the basis for almost everything.

Notice that I have not brought in human and life skills and all that - that is a longer thought process for some other day. 

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