Much has been written in both the education and business worlds about the skills required for today’s children to become effective citizens, workers and leaders in the rapidly changing 21st century. The successful 21st-century citizen will be nimble of thought, open to new ideas and the possibilities of new technologies, able to collaborate with people from many different backgrounds and above all, able to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
Through the Harkness method, our students learn the importance of engaging in discourse and thinking critically, creatively and collaboratively. At Masters, teachers present students with possibilities and ask them to do the hard work of coming to their own conclusions.
Gathered around the Harkness table, students also develop outstanding listening skills and the confidence to speak with clarity and nuance. Perhaps the most important skill Masters students graduate with is the ability and independence to teach themselves and to adapt.