The 4 Cs 2017-02-10T13:38:15+00:00

A New Generation: The 4 C’s

50 years ago, in a very different world than the one we live in today, education was based on reading, writing and arithmetic, as were many jobs. Students were expected to conform to society and master these basic skills to start their career. Today, the world has changed to a place where basic skills are not enough, and therefore a generation of students taught to question truthfulness, be independent and think outside of the box has begun to emerge.

As the number of standard jobs decreases and a revolution of innovation and creativity takes place, it is vital that students are equipped with the skills necessary to be a part of it, and the 4 C’s curriculum prepares today’s young adults to enter a changing global society. Through critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration, this modern curriculum teaches students to develop new skills and integrates today’s advancing society into their education. Throughout the creation of the Royal Gazette’s National School Salute, student writers from each school were encouraged to create their articles using the 4 C’s, and incorporate these ideas into their representation of their school.

Critical Thinking

Perhaps the most important of the 4 C’s to students is collaboration, as by combining different skill sets and abilities, young adults will be able to achieve almost anything. In a world where students have access to global information and partners, sharing ideas and working together is the key to advancement. As a group, people are more powerful than they are as individuals, as they have combined experience, knowledge and ideas. Students from different schools, age groups and backgrounds collaborated to create the National School Salute, and the result is a showcase of all of Bermuda’s student’s talents and accomplishments.

Communication

In a global society where individuals are gaining the opportunity to express and share their opinions, it is imperative that students are able to communicate effectively to ensure their voices are heard. As technology advances and new forms of communication rise, students are empowered and can articulate their ideas and motivate others. In addition, the majority of today’s careers require some amount of written or oral communication, and students must have sufficient experience in these fields to prepare them for their future. Through the National School Salute, students were given a platform to communicate their ideas to the public and share their successes.

Creativity

Creativity has become an increasingly valued skill in the global workforce, as innovation and unique design are necessary in product differentiation. While in the past, creativity was not considered as important as literacy and arithmetic in education, today it must be equally valued and included in schools, so that students can develop a creative spirit. By incorporating creativity in classrooms, students will also be allowed to solve problems through trial and error, which encourages them to learn from their mistakes and find creative solutions. The National School Salute shares student successes in creative fields at the same level as their academic achievements and gave students an opportunity to create their own visions for Bermuda.

Collaboration

Perhaps the most important of the 4 C’s to students is collaboration, as by combining different skill sets and abilities, young adults will be able to achieve almost anything. In a world where students have access to global information and partners, sharing ideas and working together is the key to advancement. As a group, people are more powerful than they are as individuals, as they have combined experience, knowledge and ideas. Students from different schools, age groups and backgrounds collaborated to create the National School Salute, and the result is a showcase of all of Bermuda’s student’s talents and accomplishments.