– In a recent survey by Pew Research Center, a sample of American adults were asked to determine – among a list of 10 skills – which abilities kids need most to succeed in the world today. The result was clear: communication skills were ranked first, followed by reading, math, teamwork, writing and logic. Science was rated about in the middle, with more than half of the respondents considering this matter as important.

– On the other hand, skills more related to extracurricular activities – art, music, and athletics – got the worst rankings.  Moreover, there were differences according to the education background of the respondents: for example, communication, writing, logic and science skills were ranked higher by college-educated people, but lower by high-school or less educated people. A finding that may explain why children of better educated parents tend to get better school grades.



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