What Matters Once You’ve Smooshed the Entire Library Into Your Pocket?
AKA: Becoming good at that which computers cannot do.
Lessons from Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children.
While this book may detail “how to raise successful children”, it’s never too late to consider these insights and how you might apply them to your own life.
In their book, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek promote the importance of The 6Cs”. Collaboration, Communication, Content, Critical Thinking, Creative Innovation, and Confidence (see module below).
Looking over this matrix, you can see the path develop as individual experience develops into partnership and then larger collaboration.
The 6Cs create a clear roadmap for Becoming Brilliant.
Which begs the question:
What is Brilliance?
The 6Cs do not polarize “Hard Skills” against “Soft Skills”. Golinkoff and Hirsh-Pasek attempt to emphasise the inseparable nature of skills like math, emotional intelligence, and collaboration.
They 6Cs attempt to frame a blend of skills that are unique to humans. As technological advancements become more capable of managing facts, numbers, and other forms of data-- it is up to people to become better at tasks inaccessible to robots. As society divides its tasks, it is important for people to develop themselves in a way which compliments technology instead of competing with technology.
“The true winners of the next generation will be those who can sift through mountains of information and cull just what they need.”
While “sifting through information” may seem like a thinly guised way of saying “don’t memorize, just rely on Google”-- that is not what Golinkoff and Hirsh-Pasek are saying. They are suggesting the intentional practice and development of social skills in concert with academic skills, thus preparing all people to better navigate the excess of divergent and conflicting data in our “information age”.