The culmination of the Wagner Book, The Global achievement Gap comes down to the seven survival skills and what they mean to me. As a mother, I can say that if my child was taught to hone and build these skills
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:
Critical thought is a human nature so it has to be on the survival skill. Thinking critically and not just going with the flow is absolutely essential to survival.
Agility and Adaptability:
How could I be a decent science teacher and not bring up survival of the fittest? If you cannot adapt in an environment then you will not survive. Being able to move around obstacles or figure out how to best acclimate yourself in the world is the key to longevity and success.
Initiative and Entrepreneurship:
This is less to do about adapting to your environment and more about changing the environment. This is truly a human attribute that is important for success in the world today.
Effective Oral and Written Communication:
No one can live in isolation, you have to be able to communicate in order to build relationships and progress through life. Being heard and that makes you feel life has a purpose.
Accessing and Analyzing Information:
This skill would be less about being heard and more about knowing how to gain and review other's opinions and reports. In a world with this glut of information everyone needs to be able to know how to access credible information and to be able to analyze the findings.
Curiosity and Imagination:
Curiosity is what is driving the greatest progress and inventions in the world. It was once said that everything that can be invented has been. Our students continue to challenge that statement daily and that needs to be nurtured and guided throughout education, instead of diminishing it as it has been.
What would I add? The love of learning. We need to add in this survival skill because without it we reach predetermined limits and never push ourselves to develop further and evolve, which in science we know that that is a necessity of life.