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22 November, 2023

“Life in the Skills Locker” from INSIGHTS – My Thoughts

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As a responsive practitioner, reflecting on the article "Life in the Skills Locker" brings to mind the remarkable journey we've undertaken in shaping education here at NAIS Pudong. My tenure has witnessed a transformative shift from a content-heavy focus to a holistic approach that values emotional intelligence and effective communication as much as academic excellence. 

Back when we opened the doors as the first British international school in China, the educational landscape was vastly different. We embraced the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma not merely as a curriculum choice but as a pioneering leap, aligning ourselves with an approach that foresaw the need for adaptability in a rapidly changing world. Being trailblazers in education demanded not only embracing new methods but continually evolving to stay ahead. 

The advent of machine learning and technologies like Chat GPT emphasises the urgency of recalibrating the skills we instill in our students. It's not just about accumulating knowledge; it's about navigating an era where adaptability, critical thinking, and creativity are the currency of success. 

In our school, we don't just teach content; we encourage our students to contextualise it, to make knowledge and abilities meaningful in their lives. It's not just about coding; it's about understanding the language of the future. It's not just about logical reasoning; it's about applying it to real-world challenges. As Albert Einstein stated, “We cannot solve tomorrow’s problems with the same mindset that created them.” The need for creativity in generating original ideas is vital. 

Our vision underscores this philosophy. We're not merely shaping students’ knowledge; we're cultivating confident, creative, and considerate learners. These profiles aren't just words on paper; they're the DNA of our educational approach. We hope to see the impact of this emphasis on soft skills in the everyday interactions of our students – in how they collaborate, communicate, and approach challenges. 

As we navigate this educational landscape, I take pride in our commitment to being at the forefront of change. The Skills Locker is not a metaphor; it's a tangible reflection of our dedication to preparing students not just for today but for the uncertainties of tomorrow. The journey is not always smooth, but it's a journey that matters, one that ensures our students are not just equipped with knowledge but empowered with the skills to shape their destinies in a world where the only constant is change.

Written by Mr Hari Raye