Top 10 countries leading in future skills of education: WEF

first_imgTop 10 countries leading in future skills of education: WEFFinland, Switzerland and New Zealand lead the way at teaching skills for the futureadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 16:12 IST According to the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI), Finland is the world leader at the provision of future skills education, followed by Switzerland.Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand lead the way at teaching skills for the future #education #skills World Economic Forum (@wef) May 18, 2019Both countries particularly excel in the policy environment category, and specifically in terms of formulation of future skills strategy, the periodic review of strategy and the assessment frameworks to support future skills training.The WEFFI report, by the Economist Intelligence Unit, looks at policy initiatives, teaching methodologies and the socio-economic environment of 50 countries. It found the five worst-ranked countries to be Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, Iran and Pakistan.Hard truths for soft skillsWe live in an era that is increasingly being defined by change – in terms of both its speed and its spread. A number of start-up businesses, harnessing the power of technology, have successfully up-ended the status quo of sector after sector. There’s Amazon, which disrupted the sale of books and became the world’s biggest bookseller, before disrupting the book itself with the creation of mass-market e-readers and electronic book consumption. More recently, Uber has managed to redefine the taxi sector, and in the financial world fintech companies have changed the way people manage their money.But the next wave of change will have more profound effects, which is why it is so important for national governments to set in train the right policies. As things stand, according to the WEFFI report’s authors, most countries’ educational systems are not configured to equip the next generation with the skills they are most likely to need.advertisementPart of the challenge facing educationalists is that technological change will call for skills that fall outside of age-old approaches to curriculum design and teaching. Emotional intelligence, creative thinking, and collaboration are just three core aptitudes that will be needed, but which cannot easily be taught in a traditional classroom environment.Get out of the classroomThis fast pace of technological transformation – often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution – is based on a suite of technological developments that includes automation, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, the fusion of genetic science with biotech, and always-on access to data.The report highlights the importance of language learning and the role of AI as a teaching aid in the classroom. But it also points out that many key elements of future skills learning will take place outside the classroom. In the United States and United Kingdom, after-school clubs for primary and secondary school students are connected to evidence of better school attendance and better academic results. The benefits are being seen in high-poverty areas with low-performing schools, in particular.”In research published in 2016,” the report states, “UK experts found that attendance in such clubs is associated with positive academic and social outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged children. Its findings also suggest that children who participate in organized sport and other physical activities have better social, emotional and behavioural skills than those who do not.”While so many aspects of life have changed almost beyond recognition, classrooms have altered little in 200 years. A group of students sit at desks facing the front, where a teacher stands, ready to impart facts; the challenge for teachers will also be to keep up with the pace of change.”Updating curriculum should always be on the agenda,” says Jaime Saavedra of the World Bank, quoted in the WEFFI report. “But it is incredibly urgent to invest in changing the behaviour of teachers and improving what happens inside the classroom.”Source: WEFGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAyshalast_img read more

Dixie Kid a nearly lost piece of American history professor

Cathy van Ingen wrote the first biography of the boxer Dixie Kid for The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s.He was a welterweight so tough and scrappy that he often boxed above his weight class.Some of his in-the-ring shenanigans were later adopted Muhammad Ali and others.But these days, little information remains about Dixie Kid, a Missouri-born athlete who battled addiction and died after jumping out a window.Cathy van Ingen, associate professor of Kinesiology, has delved into the mystery of Aaron Lister Brown, who went from being an international celebrity to living on hand outs. The result is her chapter in the recently released book The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s. It is the first documented biography of Dixie Kid.Dixie KidUsing historical records such as newspaper articles and census forms, van Ingen has pieced together the story of the athlete born in 1883 who became a boxing pro at age 16. His stage name came from “Dixie,” a song often performed in blackface about a slave who misses the plantation.“The colour line was very thick at the time,” Van Ingen said. “He fought mostly other black fighters in ‘athletic exhibitions,’ since boxing was illegal then.”Brown’s playfulness pleased the crowds. He weaved, bobbed and sidestepped punches. He feigned fatigue to give his opponents false confidence, pummeling them when they came closer.“He would launch himself off the ropes and catapult toward his opponent,” van Ingen said. “He had this crazy fighting style that appealed to people.”Brown went to France in the 1920s, where he became a celebrity. One newspaper said he was as popular amongst French boxing fans as Charlie Chaplin was with movie patrons.Brown, who already had run-ins with the law, immersed himself in cocaine, alcohol and womanizing. He briefly returned to the U.S., then on his way back to Europe, fell asleep on a steamship and ended up in a Scottish port. There, he found a gym and became a boxing trainer. While in Scotland, he attacked a pharmacist for more cocaine and wracked up more criminal charges.Back in the U.S., he worked as a janitor and lived in flop houses. He primarily lived off the kindness of others, van Ingen said.At age 51, he jumped out a second floor window in Los Angeles, likely to commit suicide. He died from related injuries seven months later.Dixie Kid was in more than 155 fights. He mentored Eugene Bullard, who went on to become the first African American fighter pilot.Yet he’s been largely ignored by mainstream history, van Ingen said. Even his biography in the International Boxing Hall of Fame has the wrong information.Dixie Kid, she said, “was a blues man in life and a jazz man in the ring.“He lived a hard life, but in the ring, he was creative. He improvised. Everything we see in the ring nowcomes from some place in history, and Dixie Kid is one of them.”Van Ingen researches the history and contemporary world of boxing. She founded the Shape Your Life boxing project, a program for female and trans survivors of violence. She also boxes, often using the name The Professor.Related stories:• Boxing book released about first black champions — Boxing News 24 read more