Class of 2030: What do today’s kindergartners need to be life-ready?

The future of learning will be profoundly social, student-centric, personalized, and supported by technology.


Today’s kindergartners will graduate better prepared for their futures if they have a strong social and emotional foundation developed in a personalized learning environment, according to new Microsoft research conducted in collaboration with McKinsey & Company’s Education Practice. The study explored the key skills these students will need when they graduate, how we prepare them on that educational journey and the role technology plays in that.

Students are both clear and bold in their vision for the future. They want greater choice and control over how they learn, so they can solve social and global challenges not yet imagined, and be ready to thrive in their personal and professional lives.

By 2030 – and while automation replaces today’s lower-skill jobs – the fastest-growing occupations will require higher-level cognitive skills in areas such as collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. To help all students build these crucial cognitive and social and emotional skills, educators will need training, technologies, and time.

These and the insights below are some of the key points gathered from students, teachers and thought leaders across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Singapore. We’ll be sharing more from study over the coming weeks.



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