The world around us is changing quickly. Technology moves in to take the place of manual processes every day with great success. School and the workplace of the future will be one of constant interaction with technology. At Villains & Heroes Academy we ask the question “What are the 21st-century skills needed to succeed in this environment?”. More and more educational institutions are working to define there own 21st-century skills and embed them in their current curriculum. The focus is on logical thinking, because to program a computer a person needs to have a mind that thinks through step sequencing. But there is more to working in the future and being successful than being able to program a computer. You still need those old fashion social skills of being able to work in a group, to be a leader, to be a follower, to be able to listen and focus.
The problem is that the world that is adopting all of these technological gifts is also robbing our children of these skills. It is hard for people to focus when they have instant access to entertainment. It is hard for a child to be a follower and team player when he can create his own kingdom on his phone. Those hard lessons of life still need to be learned sooner rather than later.
We define the 21st-century skills as, Focus, Social Interaction, Logical Thinking, and Critical Thinking. We also maintain that kids need to learn how to win and how to lose and understand that there are no participation trophies in work/school/society. You have to show up and do your best and if you lose, you have to deal with that. We believe that these skills are all able to be mastered by young kids and can continue to be refined as they grow into teenagers and young adults and that by doing so they are getting a leg up on the competition. Because let’s face it, there is a lot of competition. The 21st century will have a lot of opportunities, but there will also be a lot of competition for the best spots in that race. Schools are looking to see examples of exemplary skills and companies are able to become more and more selective as everyone is trained in technology.
We believe that our method of training 21st-century skills both prepares the children and promotes the right type of focus. We train our heroes to leave the academy as highly focused, independent thinking, friendly, competitive leaders of the future. We believe that with that training our Heroes will be better able to meet the unique challenges of the 21st century and continue to build a better world.