Food for Thought Friday: Do Students Have the Necessary Communication Skills?

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by Kristie Burk

This summer, I read an interesting opinion in the Philadelphia Inquirer about how graduates need essential communication skills to survive in the workplace.  “Use the Personal touch in a Technological Age” by Matthew Randall cites a survey by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania, which shows a disturbing trend. Respondents who “believed that professionalism has decreased in the past five years attributed that drop to a loss of communication and interpersonal skills due to technology.”

In his article, Randall gives six suggestions for students to hone their engagement skills, including staying positive and watching the group dynamics.  But, more importantly, it raises an important question for educators.  As we use more and more technology in the classroom, how can we be sure that students are losing the soft skills that are still necessary in today’s economy?

Some food for thought today. Post your comments at!


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