What skills will today’s children need to master in order to lead successful lives? It’s a question every parent has considered in one form or another.
Will my kid flourish by mastering the concrete details of math and science, or would she be better equipped in decades to come with well-honed intangibles, such as communication and? Or, more likely, will it be some combination of skills that proves most useful?
That’s where respondents came down in a recent Pew Research Center survey. A sampling of Americans were asked to review a list of 10 skills and answer: “Regardless of whether or not you think these skills are good to have, which ones do you think are most important for children to get ahead in the world today?”
Respondents envisioned a well-rounded kid becoming a successful adult. They overwhelmingly said communication was the most important skill, followed by reading, math, teamwork, writing and logic.