The deep changes in the world have to radically change the traditional learning model: what we teach and how we teach disciplines. For the future of the work, youth need to learn much more than they are actually learning in according to the traditional system!

According to a research of World Economic Forum, an International NGO aimed to the cooperation among Institutions, Universities and Business community, 65% children at the first grade in 2017 will do a job that today not yet existing or not yet invented. This is the best picture of what is happening and what will happen. It particularly strikes me because of my two sons, aged eight and four.

Can the traditional education system offer youth the skills-set they really need to face the challenges of the digital revolution?

There is a gap between the skills you learn at school and at university, and the skills you really need. The traditional learning systems are not yet able to surf the deep change wave.

Young people who will work in the future must be able to collaborate in multinational and multi-ethnic teams, to communicate effectively, to leverage on creativity and critical thinking in order to build a successful complex problem-solving approach. The teams will have a short but very intense duration, since the projects will be agile and faster.

Collaboration, #communicationskills, #criticalthinking, #creativity, #problem-solving are skills related to #socioemotionalintelligence, that makes youth enabling to succeed in the digital economy.

For example, the upcoming job market will require people able to solve unstructured problems, work with new information, analyze problems without an “instruction sheet”, and communicate their findings to other people beyond the national borders.

#Curiosity, #adaptability, #entrepreneurship and #resilience are essential social and emotional skills. They belong to a strong socioemotional intelligence, which can be developed at any time in the life, even though it would be extremely effective to start from childhood. School and parents should address a common effort aimed to strengthen the youth development.

To the aim, the social and emotional skills have to become a shared objective of the #educationsystems everywhere in the world thanks to a common policy among politics, schools, families, companies, technology developers, investors and organizations.

In Italy, what is it possible to do immediately? The first thing is to quit the typical attitude of believing to be from the cradle for culture. Secondly, it is crucial to work together in order to change what we teach and how we teach. The brave to innovate!

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