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XQ Competency Navigator

XQ, Nov 28, 2023

These competencies represent a bit of a middle point between specific content knowledge (like economics and government) and general skills (like creativity and interpersonal relations). "These aspirational, research-based outcomes describe what all students must know and be able to do in order to thrive in the future—college or other postsecondary education, careers, and all the opportunities life has to offer." I don't think having a single list that tries for both specific and general skills is really the way to go - things like 'community advocacy' and 'mobilization' are very different in different societies, and detract from the more important underlying skill of developing empathy and getting along with others. And honestly, I don't think the core issue with high school education, in the U.S. or elsewhere, is the curriculum (I'm thinking equitable and adequate funding, proper facilities, nutrition and social support: the things that address the disadvantages social-economic status bring). Still, it's an interesting list overall.

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