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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

33 Critical Skills Seldom Taught, Tested, or Graded in High School

Schools like to say that they rigorously teach all of the important skills. Rather, so many important "learning to do" skills simply fall through the cracks. (If you are ever unsure when talking to a school teacher or administrator, ask what skills the schools test and grade, rather than what they say they teach.)

Here are some skills, both simple and complex, that should be essential for any accredited high school curricula:

  • Adaptation
  • Applying Economic, Value, and Governing Models
  • Budgeting
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Containment
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Creating and Using Boards and Advisers
  • Creating New Tools
  • Creation and Implementation of New Actions or Processes
  • Decision Making
  • Estimating Benefits
  • Estimating Costs
  • Ethics
  • Gathering Evidence
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Long-Term Planning
  • Maintenance
  • Negotiation
  • Nurturing and Stewardship
  • Prioritizing
  • Probing
  • Process Reengineering
  • Procurement
  • Project Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Scheduling
  • Security
  • Solutions Sales
  • Sourcing

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