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Skill Based Learning - Educating the Whole Child

David Kirkham
David Kirkham (21 posts) Former Principal, NAIS Manila View Profile

Speaking recently with Motoo Konishi, a parent of one of our Year 10 children,  we discussed the importance of educating the whole child and providing them with the skills needed to enter the workforce.

He kindly shared an article from World Economic Forum on the skills your child will need to thrive in the world of Fourth Industrial Revolution. These are skills but are also the essential ingredients to be a leader in the new generation. 


10 Skills you need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution


As you can see from the table comparing past and future, more emphasis are placed on softer skills and working in groups.

This article supports what I said at the end of the Secondary Christmas performance that Academic grades rarely assess qualities like creativity , leadership, teamwork skills or social , emotional and political correctness.

Performance opportunities in school allow students to show these qualities and our performing arts program is vital to your child’s future success.

For these students entering their examination years, it is important to think about what happens after school. Relying purely on academic results is very dangerous, as academic excellense is not a strong predictor of career excellence.  

Getting straight A’s requires conformity - having an influential career demands originality.

Examples of some of our most influential role models in industry and lack of academic success but stellar careers include

  • Steve jobs finished high school with a GPA of 2.65
  • Jk Rowlings graduated from university with roughly a C average
  • Martin Luther King only got 1 A in his 4 years at Montrose.
Career success is rarely about finding the solution to a problem - it is more about finding the right problem to solve.

At NAIS Manila, we witness first hand children developing into well rounded young adults with the confidence to try things, with the confidence to perform and not afraid to be original and true to themselves.