When you think about the skills and knowledge today's students will need most in the future, what comes to mind?
In 2010, there were 41.7 million college graduates in the U.S., and 21 million of them were in jobs that didn't require a college degree. In China, months after graduation, 3 million graduates were unemployed from the class of 2013 alone.
Schools traditionally place the majority of value on the academic skills students acquire in school. Employers, however, often cite communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, ingenuity, innovation, and risk-taking as the most sought after skills in new hires. Now, think of the things that a young person can do to promote those qualities.