Fifty years ago, it wasn’t unusual for a person to start a job fresh out of school and to continue working for the same company until retirement. When today’s students enter the workforce, they can expect to change jobs and employers multiple times during their careers. They’ll face an evolving workplace influenced both by technology and the global marketplace. In order to face these challenges, the next generation of workers will need advanced knowledge and skills—and virtual school and blended learning high school can play a significant role in helping them gain these skills.
The traditional three Rs, “reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic,” are no longer enough. Today, these subjects are joined by foreign languages, the arts, geography, science, and social studies. Even more important is that educators, in helping students to prepare for successful careers, are supplementing the content students must learn with the “four Cs” of the 21st century:
- critical thinking
In high-quality virtual and blended learning schools, students have many opportunities to develop these important skills during lessons and while completing projects for a variety of subjects. For example, while communication skills would naturally fit into a language arts class, students may also practice explaining mathematical concepts orally during their algebra class, or writing about scientific principles during Earth Science. By integrating the four Cs into many subjects, teachers ensure that students learn to exercise their skills and adapt them to a variety of audiences, purposes, and media.
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