Sunday, October 25, 2009
In the article "Rigor Redefined" by Tony Wagner, he talks about the skills that students need to build successful careers. Tony interviewed Clay Parker, president of the Chemical Management Division of BOC Edwards (a company that makes machines and supplies chemicals for the manufacture of microelectronics devices). A few qualities Clay says he looks for when he hires young people are "...good question asking...someone who can engage in good discussion...can work in teams...and engage with customers." Clay gives seven survival skills that students need to master: critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leadership, agility and adaptability, initiative and entreprenuerialism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information, and curiosity and imagination. If students can pick up and master these tricks, Clay believes that they will be able to survive the 21st century. This is important to the world, education, and myself if people want to be successful in life.