I can’t help but shake my head when I read things such as “Education should be skills-based“. In the same way that too much focus is placed on Content, a focus on Skills fails to recognize that education is meant to be so much more.
We should instead focus on a balance of knowing, doing, thinking, and being. This best happens through the creation of diverse, rich Experiences where learners can then self-reflect. It is here that we help grow the Knowledge, Skills, Habits of Mind, and Dispositions (cSHED) needed to be life-ready.
If we continue to see education as just job training or just college preparation, I am not sure we are capitalizing on everything students offer and schools could offer.