We recently returned from working with Sycamore Academy in Lake Elsinore, CA. It is a fascinating school but I'll save that story for another time. This entry is about an article I came across this evening. It is titled: Hard Skill, Soft Skill: Which One Matters Most? It explains how, in this day and age, soft skills such as collaboration, integrity, and the ability to accept criticism are more important than the technical skills you may have learned in college. The information is great and I totally believe it. Why then am I so frustrated? Because our educational system doesn't believe it and the No Child Left Untested environment certainly doesn't believe it. Leading E.D.G.E. has been a proponent of teaching these "soft skills" ever since we started teaching wilderness leadership skills forty years ago. For a brief period during the mid nineties when the SCANS report was released and funding was made available to support it there was a substantial effort to try to teachers how to teach and assess these types of skills. Since then it has been all about the test
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