The future students part 2

Today some students only focus on having a degree and get a job. But to succeed in the near future, they need to have specific knowledge and skills that meet the needs of the global job market. Besides master the technical knowledge and skills taught in school, they must be able to apply them to solve complex problems and understand the relationships between the technical aspect and the business operation of a globalized economy. The following is what I think future’s students should be.

  • Today’s students learn, remember, and recall information relevant to a subject area.
  • Future’s students learn “how to learn”, monitor their own learning, and understand how to apply them to solve problems.
  • Today’s students follow instructions to learn a specific subject area.
  • Future’s students extend their knowledge taught in school by exploring, discovering new knowledge in a variety of subjects.
  • Today’s students learn how to apply theories relevant to a subject area.
  • Future’s students are able to rise to challenges that require them to apply their knowledge in any subject area.
  • Today’s students apply theories, facts, and formulas to solve academic problems.
  • Future’s students use their deeper learning knowledge that they have acquired to solve real-world problems.
  • Today’s students memorize theories, facts, formulas to pass exams.
  • Future’s students develop the insight knowledge necessary to process information efficiently in any situations.
  • Today’s students have specific knowledge that enables them to apply for a job relevant to their study.
  • Future’s students have a deeper learning knowledge that allows them to work in multiple job opportunities.
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Besides what they are taught in school, future’s students develop the ability to think critically and solve complex problems by apply tools such as data analysis, statistical reasoning, scientific inquiry as well as creativity, and nonlinear thinking. They know how to work collaboratively and cooperatively with others to complete tasks and solve problems successfully. They know at least one foreign language to communicate with others effectively. They listen attentively to others’ opinions and incorporate feedback and ideas from others.

If an education system can produce this type of students, their society will prosper significantly because these are the skills needed for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


  • Blogs of Prof. John Vu, Carnegie Mellon University
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