Should We Teach "Soft" Skills?
A 21st-century education must surely look different. We must address new knowledge (technology & digital media) and new challenges (globalization & community fragmentation).
A 21st-century education must surely look different from that of 30 years ago, says Estelle Morris, but which subjects are more likely to engage a generation used to multimedia and personalised communication? "We are still wedded to the traditional hierarchy of subjects, and it colors all our debates. Economists may tell us that the creative industries are the fastest growing sector; employers may talk about needing graduates with 'soft' skills; we all like to support the importance of vocational subjects or work experience, but how much do we really rate the subjects that stand the best chance of teaching these skills?"
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Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.
- Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
- Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
- The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
Does believing in true love make people act like jerks?
- Ghosting, or cutting off all contact suddenly with a romantic partner, is not nice.
- Growth-oriented people (who think relationships are made, not born) do not appreciate it.
- Destiny-oriented people (who believe in soulmates) are more likely to be okay with ghosting.
A new method of growing mini-brains produces some startling results.
- Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year.
- Axons from the study's organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells.
- The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords.
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