Anastasia Hall
LTS Director of Education

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As a debate, teaching content versus teaching skills as the foundation for any curriculum needs to end. Traditional academics has focused on content for decades as the means through which students develop skills. But this is inefficient and limiting.

There are two major reasons content should not be the foundation for education. First, there is an infinite amount of content to be learned, and with each new day there is more being built – you cannot teach it all and not all of it is relevant to each and every student. Second, the determination process of deciding which content is required to be taught is fraught with biases.

When the curriculum focuses on skill development, it allows the appropriate room for student voice and choice in terms of content consumption. It allows for curiosity to develop and thrive. It opens the space up for creative thinking and autonomy. Skills transcend industries, transcend relationships, and transcend environments. When teaching content first, you remove one of the most important skills any individual can have: the ability to discern the information they are receiving. Our students have been taught to accept the content being taught to them, and therefore they enter the world of content consumption primed to accept without much questioning the information coming at them. They need to develop the skills to discern relevant versus irrelevant information, to check the credibility of sources, and to navigate the interpretation of information.

The future of the jobs market for students entering kindergarten will look very different from the market graduates are entering now, but there are employability skills that exist inside those evolutions. LTS Market-Ready™ Certifications have been engineered over a decade to ensure students are prepared with the employability skills necessary to enter the market as aligned, productive, and competitive – both for today and the unpredictable future ahead.

Don’t we all want classrooms that teach students to think and create for themselves?

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