- Self awareness
- Asking questions
- Empathic listening
- Authentic conversation
- Seeking and working with multiple perspectives
This is a list of good skills to possess, but they are not 21st C skills. They are–and the writer slides over this too quickly, I think–skills independent of time and place. They are closer to the intellectual virtues
to the idea of a classical liberal education, rather old ideas and ones that are sui generis.
The matter is not trivial. Much of the talk about so-called 21C skills is missing context (or takes the context as only the past 50 years or so) and is disconnected from a rich dialogue on education that spans centuries: think Rousseau through Dewey or Plato through Maritain to Adler. We need to reconnect to this conversation, to answer why before we rush to what and how.
Hilda Neatby So Little for the Mind
(asavage indictment of Canadian education, written in 1953, but still rings too true. Sadly, out of print but worth digging up.)