This is about building resilience, creativity, the ability to problem solve. Building resilience in young people is such an important part of education, and a part that obsession with exam results doesn't take into account. I was talking to a japanese teacher the other day who was complaining that their students were coming out top with exam results but had no creativity or resilience because the never spent time in 'the pit'.
Many people associate 21st century learning with digital technology; this is a misconception since 21st century education goes far beyond technology. The principal purpose of 21st education is to provide students with a set of skills that will be needed for success in the global workplace (creativity, collaboration, critical-thinking and communication); Med's infographic illustrates 21st century learning and thinking skills perfectly ... thanks for sharing
"Teachers who transform lives understand not only how to teach curriculum, but also how children develop into capable, caring, and engaged adults. They see beyond quantitative measurements of success to the core abilities that help students live healthy, productive lives."