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Skills for the future

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

Above all else, students will need good communication and social skills to be successful in the future. That's the conclusion some 60 parents, students and educators reached at the Flin Flon School Division Community Forum on Education, held last Thursday at Hapnot Collegiate. Those in attendance were asked to consider what skills and abilities graduates of the school system will require in 2015. Working in six different discussion groups, the attendees ranked communication and social skills above abilities such as computer literacy and technological skills. Other responses included self-understanding and self confidence, knowledge of trades, basic math skills, social conscience, and perseverance. Also mentioned were cooperation skills, the ability to speak multiple languages, and problem-solving and organizational skills. Parkdale School principal Bill Pauley compiled and presented the responses to the crowd on a projection screen. Those responses and other input gathered at the forum will be used by the school division to revise its vision statement. The division held a similar public forum in the late 1990s.