The person we have become today is as a result of the skills and qualities learned during childhood. These lessons stick with us and help in facing life’s challenges. On that note, it is essential to teach children grit and resilience. Grit and resilience are the foundation of success in today’s work environment and the business sector. Seeing how the corporate world is changing, schools have also redesigned their teaching strategies to go past books.
Schools have therefore begun teaching grit, life skills, soft skills, social and emotional skills as well as resilience. To understand why these are important, here is a breakdown.
Grit and resilience
According to Angela Duckworth- the author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, and the person behind the introduction of grit in a Ted Talk- success is for everyone. Not just for the gifted and talented. She defines grit as “passion and perseverance toward long-term goals.” This easily translates to one’s ability to work hard and get past all the challenging situations to secure success.
Once this is taught in schools, students grow with skills needed to survive as an employee and a business owner. That way, they avoid frustrations and depressions brought about by challenges.
Life skills are geared towards living a full and productive life. They entail anything beyond education — things like cleaning, organizing desks, financial literacy, and so on. Schools prepare students to survive outside the school environment. These skills also help them to interact and solve conflicts with others as well as becoming a wholesome adult.
Nowadays, employers can disqualify anyone lacking in soft skills. This is because soft skills are needed as much as academic and professional skills. By definition, soft skills are unquantifiable. They include communication skills, critical observations, how well one fits in in a team, or adaptability to different circumstances. With these, one can voice their opinions, provide viable solutions, and keep their calm in any work environment.
Social and emotional skills
Mastering one’s emotions and learning to understand others is a big part of coexisting in the workplace. Students are, therefore, exposed to an environment where they learn to be mindful of others and control themselves not to impact others through their emotions negatively. They learn how to interact with their fellow students as well as adults. Social and emotional skills can be acquired through meditation, deep breathing, yoga classes, or in art classes, etc.
In general, what the students learn today, impact their future interactions in the workplace and in facing life. Consequently, it is crucial to instill these skills from a tender is age so that they can become wholesome adults ready to face any challenge they encounter.