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Why academics aren't enough to succeed in the 21st Century


They know enough who know how to learn."

- Henry Adams



Knowledge is an important aspect of life for a student. Schools and institutions have been the powerhouses of knowledge–no wonder why parents want their children to leverage the power of schools.


However, a student gulping encyclopedia the entire day having zero communication skills is a great example of academics being not enough in today’s day and age. Schools focus primarily on grades, assessments, ranks, and knowledge-based education systems and less on preparing students for the real world. When everyone is knowledgeable, what stands people out is their exclusive skill set other than the mainstream expertise gifted by academics.


Periodic tests in educational institutions essentially assess the acquired knowledge by students. They are stored on the basis of what’s written or portrayed during the assessment. The 21st Century approach should include the analysis of students being able to understand the real-life applications of problems and learnings. Group projects or assignments given in schools often end up becoming a burden on students considering such projects require various competencies that academics deny. Some of them include creative thinking, decision-making ability, several technologies–including newly introduced ones, enterprise, planning, processing, and other applicable skills.


Knowledge is limitless. Spending days and nights learning about one thing will still leave room to learn more from plenty of sources. Also, with advancement in technology, the number of jobs are reducing resulting in an increase in competition. In such a situation, is knowledge enough for a student to stand out? Of course not. The real-life know-how allows students to present themselves confidently in an interview help expedite new pathways for them. Stream of endless opportunities starts to flow. Unfortunately, such skills are not a part of academics. All the information in the brain is bootless if a student is unable to express or use that information precisely, timely, and logically.


Every possible piece of information is available on fingertips today. Diverse formats, multiple amazing teachers from around the globe, and limitless sources are available on the internet to present students' information the exact way they want and at their preferable timing. Curriculums following for years may or may not excite each student today. Such information begins to have the least importance if students aren’t interested. However, skills that should be taught are the use, analysis of information, and looking for studies of their interest is highly essential instead of testing the knowledge they may or may be interested in.


To sum up, academics are not enough in the 21st Century considering the demands of today’s world. Acquiring knowledge is just not enough to stand out from a group and expect a bright future. Other highly essential skills include communication skills, finance education, technical education, etc. Information is available quite easily now, therefore, academics are not the only thing students need to focus on. Working on gathering knowledge is no longer an important part but also the ideas and uniqueness to implement it.




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