Seth Godin says:
Perhaps we could endeavor to teach our future the following:
- How to focus intently on a problem until it’s solved.
- The benefit of postponing short-term satisfaction in exchange for long-term success.
- How to read critically.
- The power of being able to lead groups of peers without receiving clear delegated authority.
- An understanding of the extraordinary power of the scientific method, in just about any situation or endeavor.
- How to persuasively present ideas in multiple forms, especially in writing and before a group.
- Project management. Self-management and the management of ideas, projects and people.
- Personal finance. Understanding the truth about money and debt and leverage.
- An insatiable desire (and the ability) to learn more. Forever.
- Most of all, the self-reliance that comes from understanding that relentless hard work can be applied to solve problems worth solving.
Personally, I think Seth Godin is right on the money with this post. Note that really none of these can be very easily assessed using a standardized exam, except possibly the understanding of finance, and that might be better demonstrated by running a business.
I’m going to add a couple of my own ideas to his list.
- Develop an appreciation for nature.
- Learn what a healthy and balanced life style looks like.
- Learn about different perspectives, points of view, and the power of words to convey meaning of those perspectives.