Five Reasons Why Skilling In IQ, EQ, CQ Is A Must

To be a pioneer in bringing 21st-century skills, thinking and methodology to students, we must develop key quotients like Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ) and Creativity Quotient (CQ). Here’s why skilling in IQ, EQ and CQ is a must for children.

The technological advancements in the world are offering great opportunities and challenges for students of today’s generation. The new-age businesses require the best of human and machine intelligence, which means developing competencies that breed the future leaders for the world. In 2020, a report by the World Economic Forum had predicted that over 50 per cent of human work would be taken over by machines in just the next four years. About 85 million jobs done by humans would be automated and 150 million new jobs would be generated to support the shift, it said. 

Careers have evolved over a period of time and this means the skill sets required to do these jobs have also changed. The most important skill sets required for future demands are critical thinking, creativity and emotional sensitivity. In order to make students ready for the future, there is a need to focus on improving and innovating core curriculums and teaching methodologies. To be a pioneer in bringing 21st-century skills, thinking and methodology to students, we must develop key quotients like Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ) and Creativity Quotient (CQ). Here’s why skilling in IQ, EQ and CQ is a must for children: 

  • IQ is the ability to demonstrate critical thinking and logical thought, enabling problem-solving. It gauges how well a person can use information and logic to answer questions. It is important to improve IQ in kids as it enables them to analyze – breaking down larger information into smaller parts. A person with a higher IQ would be able to further critically think about the accumulated information to reach a conclusion. Lastly, logical reasoning while measuring IQ reflects the ability to identify patterns and interconnections. It is eventually related to educational performance. In a long run, these skills are beneficial for studying any course. Therefore, there should be courses to enhance IQ.
  • CQ is the person’s ability to demonstrate creativity and innovation to solve problems. It reflects creative intelligence in a person. What it means is to come up with innovative ideas and solutions to existing problems. It comes out of a combination of creativity, innovation, intuition, perception, and intellectual curiosity. Creative intelligence is not limited to art, it is equally important in science and technology. Higher CQ enables kids to nurture new ideas, that’s how they become scientists and artists. Creative thinking allows the birth of alternative, more efficient solutions.  
  • EQ measures the person’s ability to make decisions, collaborate and effectively articulate in order to influence peers. It measures emotional intelligence including interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. A person with higher EQ has better communication skills and decision-making skills. They can effectively communicate, empathize with others and overcome challenges. In a world that is becoming dependent on tech for everything, emotions are something that remains unique to humans, hence enhancing EQ in kids makes confident and empathetic leaders. Being able to understand others and be articulate in your message is a skill not everyone has but is required in every professional setup. 
  • IQ+CQ+EQ is the mantra for academic and overall life success. A kid with an equally high IQ, CQ and EQ are likely to be an all-rounder. If not that, the person will definitely pave a way for a successful career for themselves. It helps children to move away from rote learning and encourages a deeper understanding of concepts. Skilling improves academic performance as well since children use critical thinking and creativity to apply knowledge to the real world. 
  • New Education based on applied learning holds extreme importance due to the existing glaring gap across the country. It enables high-order thinking in children along with skills of logic, analysis, critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and communication. It transforms them from being mere ‘Knowledge Acquirers’ to ‘Knowledge Multipliers’. It is vital to keep up with the changing careers the ‘New World Offers’. 

One must note that the existing education system has limitations to build skills to solve real-world problems. School education is important but kids need to develop higher-order thinking skills during early childhood to transform them into problem solvers, smart thinkers, innovators and influencers.

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