The most important skills of tomorrow, according to five global leaders
World Economic Forum

As long as we continue to believe that we have to “teach” skills such as empathy, creativity, or entrepreneurship, we are doomed to failure. If you visit an effective learner-centered school in which respectful and trusting relationships between and among adults and younger learners are an intrinsic part of the structure…and where the responsibility for learning is returned to the learners…many of the skills you describe develop naturally. Social and emotional learning evolve authentically in a natural setting — not according to some “standard” or “rubric.” Unless learners are encouraged to ask and answer their own deep questions rather than being given questions that “adults” have decided they should answer, how can they develop the ability to think for themselves? A learner becomes an independent thinker when s/he is allowed and encouraged to think — s/he become more collaborative when s/he is encouraged (not forced) to collaborate freely — and a more creative person when s/he is allowed to create without boundaries or artificial guidelines. Sorry folks, but learning does not require teaching. Yes, teachers can facilitate learning, but get over the idea that we know what every child SHOULD know and be able to do, and it’s our job to “give” them that knowledge and those skills.