Now that we’re well into the 21st century, and computers touch almost every part of our lives, it would be easy to think that the most relevant skills for students’ success involve technology. But a more thoughtful approach takes into account that solving problems and innovating also means being skilled at overcoming obstacles, building relationships, and navigating the inevitable conflicts. This, of course, requires a different and less quantifiable skillset.
In this issue, a homeschooling parent shares how she cultivates those intangible qualities—self-direction, determination, perseverance—children need to succeed by any measure. We also turned to educators with many years of experience for their observations and wisdom on what children need to thrive in a world that is constantly changing. And perhaps most importantly, we listened to former students about whether they felt prepared for life after homeschool and which skills were critical to their success.