At the professional learning a group of us attended today, statistics from a 2006 report came to our attention.
The Conference Board, in 2006, produced Are They Really Ready for Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce. You can still download the report.
I just want to share with you today one part of the 64-page report:
To determine future skill needs, employer respondents were asked to indicate how the importance of the basic knowledge and applied skill areas would change over the next five years…
- Critical thinking/Problem solving
- Information Technology application
- Oral communications
- Professionalism/Work ethic
- Ethics/Social responsibility
- Written communications
(pp. 48, 49)
How well do you think our classrooms meet this need?