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What are the 6 Cs of Education?

Be Aware and Continue to Develop these Six Qualities of Education

The 6 Cs of Education are the interpersonal qualities for students to learn and develop to get the best possible education. These 6 qualities are deemed as the 21st-century skills to prepare students for their future careers. Whether you are a current student, have a child that is a student, or are already in your career, it is important to be aware of and continue to develop and these qualities:

  1. Communication
  2. Collaboration
  3. Creativity
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Character and Compassion
  6. Citizenship and Community

Communication skills consist of the capability to communicate efficiently through writing, speaking, and digitally. Effective communication is the ability to inform, instruct, motivate, and persuade. It is important to remember that communication is a two-way street. While it is important to know how to clearly express information, it is just as important to have developed listening skills.


Collaboration is the ability to work interdependently and in teams composed of different personalities and talents to create a successful outcome. It is important to maintain effective management of team dynamics and that the teammates learn new things from each other.


Creativity is the ability to create something new and innovative using previous knowledge. This skill correlates to being able to be creative when to comes to problem-solving. Another important factor of creativity is asking the right questions to generate new ideas and turn the ideas into reality.


Critical thinking is the ability to evaluate and synthesize information to form a judgment and apply the information to real-world scenarios. This skill allows a person to make informed decisions based on the information that they have analyzed.


Character and Compassion cover the ability to empathize with others and behave according to their peer’s thoughts and feelings. This skill enables the student to create and maintain meaningful relationships. These skills are better known as emotional intelligence and are becoming more and more important today.

Citizenship and Community create the skills to think as a global citizen and understanding diverse values to work together to problem-solve. These skills create a sense of purpose by engaging with others to create a better world together. There will be a surge of global issues that need attention in the future and these global problem-solving skills will be vital.


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