Sustainable Education: Skills or Degree?
by Arowoduye Feranmi
Tuesday December 7, 2021
2 min read
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Everyone wants to be a champion, I guess I know a quick fix. Care to know? Dive in! There’s been a lot of talks lately about the future of education: is education steering towards skill or degree? Which of these do you think the future world would support? What is sustainable education and how do we create it? In this post, we would look into what sustainable education is, lay bare how sustainability can be adopted in the educational system, and finally decide on what the future of education would be; Skills or Degree? Let’s scrap in and get going.
What is Sustainable Education?
First, sustainable education is not the same thing as education for sustainability which is about teaching the cores of sustainability. Sustainable education is kinda practical. It is about finding long-lasting solutions to social, environmental, and economic issues. I will say, this is about using whatever kind of education you have to proffer sustainable solutions to pressing issues in our communities. Education in this case could be our degrees or skills we have learned and developed.Now that we have understood what sustainable education is, I need you to think about how we can achieve this. Will our degrees, lessons learned in school do the job, or do we need some saving grace called skills? A degree or skills? How would we proffer long-lasting solutions to our society's pressing needs?
Degree or Skills
Now that we have understood what sustainable education is, I need you to think about how we can achieve this. Will our degrees, lessons learned in school do the job, or do we need some saving grace called skills? A degree or skills? How would we proffer long-lasting solutions to our society's pressing needs?
However, the students of the 21st century are expected to
develop and grow higher-order thinking skills, engaging
knowledge in flexible and creative ways. They are also required
to demonstrate advanced scientific thinking, analyze conflicting
evidence, and make calculated and informed decisions to solve a
wide variety of real-life problems. In addition, to solve
pressing issues in society, they are needed to develop
higher-order social skills in order to collaborate and negotiate
with other people, and respect social diversity. They need to
develop communication and literacy skills, allowing them to
It is widely known that companies are looking for individuals who know their onions and hiring managers tend to put skills above your degree. Is this really so? Have you ever come across a job post that needed a certain type of degree to have an edge? Take a writing freelancing gig as a case study, writing skills can be developed but then, most clients appreciate those with a Bachelor in English, Arts, or even Communication.
What would be your choice? Degree, Skills or both?
In sustainable education, students acquire what is necessary and useful to address their own, and society’s, present and future needs: students acquire these competencies to full-blown, sustainable levels, that is, to an extent that the competencies are truly incorporated and can be further developed later on in life.
Conclusively, the future of education will be to incorporate both soft and industry-required skills into our orthodox educational structure, that is, while we pursue a degree, we add skills to it. Let me tell you something you can start doing. TedX is a program of self-organized events that bring people together to share technology, entertainment, and design-like experiences. To achieve this, it will require the collaboration of different people. It will also provide a space to learn and build some of these skills. You should consider joining our volunteer family to get started.