Life Skills - for success in     the 21st century                     An overviewTh e impo rt an ce of ac qu ir in g new l...
Saber-Tooth Curriculum    In the book ‘Saber-Tooth Curriculum’ author J.     Abner Peddiwell, with tongue firmly in cheek,...
Saber-Tooth Curriculum    New Fist, who was a thinker, perfected these arts and     thought of ways to teach these skills ...
Saber-Tooth Curriculum    Time passed and conditions changed    A great glacier crept closer to the tribe’s valley    The ...
Saber-Tooth Curriculum    Putting meat on the table became extremely difficult    However, a free thinker of New Fist bree...
Saber-Tooth Curriculum    These men proposed that the Saber Tooth curriculum be     replaced with a new curriculum - fish-...
Welcome to the 21st             Century    Have the conditions changed in the 21st century?    Is the context different?  ...
Why the need for           different life skills?   21st     century world is different     World is no longer complicated...
Why the need for            different life skills?    Rate of change is faster than ever before    Information is availabl...
Why the need for               different life skills?    Motivational drives are also be changing,         from ‘Learning ...
Why the need for               different life skills?    Success hinges on acquiring new life skills that     are relevant...
Why the need for         different life skills?    In today’s complex, connected, information     abundant, fast changing ...
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  1. 1. Life Skills - for success in the 21st century An overviewTh e impo rt an ce of ac qu ir in g new lifesk ills th at are re leva nt in to day’s co ntex t www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  2. 2. Saber-Tooth Curriculum  In the book ‘Saber-Tooth Curriculum’ author J. Abner Peddiwell, with tongue firmly in cheek, says  The first educationist, in the primitive age, was ‘New-Fist’, inventor of the first fist hammer  That time men caught fish with bare hands, clubbed the lazy woolly horses for meat and drove away saber-tooth tigers with fire www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  3. 3. Saber-Tooth Curriculum  New Fist, who was a thinker, perfected these arts and thought of ways to teach these skills to children  Thus started the first school, with Saber-Tooth Curriculum  Conservative members of the tribe resisted these newfangled ideas about formal education  They said ‘Great Mystery’ who speaks in thunder and lightening never wanted children to be formally taught  However, since these skills were very useful and brought in more food, New Fist’s school prevailed www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  4. 4. Saber-Tooth Curriculum  Time passed and conditions changed  A great glacier crept closer to the tribe’s valley  The once crystal clear streams became muddy and it became impossible to catch fish with bare hands  The ground became marshy and the lazy woolly horses went east to dry plains; instead came nimble antelopes  The saber-tooth tigers became extinct; to be replaced by ferocious glacial bears www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  5. 5. Saber-Tooth Curriculum  Putting meat on the table became extremely difficult  However, a free thinker of New Fist breed figured that vines could be knit together to form nets and fish could be caught even in murky waters  Another discovered that the vine could be used to form a noose to catch the elusive antelopes  Yet another found that digging a deep pit in a bear trail and covering it with leaves and branches was an efficient way to trap the bears www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  6. 6. Saber-Tooth Curriculum  These men proposed that the Saber Tooth curriculum be replaced with a new curriculum - fish-net making, antelope-snare construction and bear catching techniques  The sober majority were horrified. “What have these practical activities got to do with schools?” they said  The radicals persisted, “These activities require intelligence and skill - things we claim to develop in schools”  The wise old men were indignant. “Oh you free thinkers! If only you had some education yourself” they lamented... www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  7. 7. Welcome to the 21st Century  Have the conditions changed in the 21st century?  Is the context different?  Do we need new skills to survive and thrive? www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  8. 8. Why the need for different life skills?   21st century world is different   World is no longer complicated; it is now COMPLEX!   Jigsaw is complicated - difficult to solve but has a unique solution; Chess is complex - there is no unique solution   From global warming to career choices - the issues today have become complex www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  9. 9. Why the need for different life skills?  Rate of change is faster than ever before  Information is available in abundance   Memorization is neither possible nor required - technology allows easy storage and access   Deriving meaning and insights from information is what is key www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  10. 10. Why the need for different life skills?  Motivational drives are also be changing,   from ‘Learning to Earn’ (e.g. do an MBA if you want a good job)   to ‘Yearning to Learn’ and then also earn (by doing what you are passionate about and good at) www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  11. 11. Why the need for different life skills?  Success hinges on acquiring new life skills that are relevant in today’s context. Be it,   Financial Success   Social Success   Self-success   Learning to be, Self-Awareness   Purpose and Meaning www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  12. 12. Why the need for different life skills?  In today’s complex, connected, information abundant, fast changing world what skills will make us really shine? www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk

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