September 1, 2013 - "Teaching in an alternative school, I work heavily on all of these skills. It's very hard to differentiate between skills such as this, which, when aggregated, make a very well rounded student/citizen/workmate."
September 1, 2013 - "I find it interesting that the list is so short. As a high school teacher I have taught just as much in the categories of soft skills as I have in technical skills. "
September 1, 2013 - "I have some serious concerns about this survey. What does "measure" mean? Does it suggest more testing? Also, these skills - Academic Motivation, Collaboration, Conscientiousness, Curiosity, Emotional Competence, Help-Seeking Behavior, Optimism, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Regulation - have cultural influences not only for our immigrant students but also for our diverse native born citizenry. If I may presume to suggest reading two books by Barbara Rogoff - The Cultural Nature of Human Development and Apprenticeship in Thinking. I hesitated to respond to this survey because the word measure suggests that if I am interested in measuring the attribute then I'm also interested in testing for it which I am not. I'm also concerned that by measuring these attributes were putting value on them without consideration for the cultural diversity in our schools. Could you clarify what is meant by measure and how diversity will be respected in the measuring process?"
August 30, 2013 - "I agree with the person who commented Aug. 12, 2013 who said something similar to: "These skills need a stronger title than 'soft skills' because the 'soft skills' named are skills needed to build a strong foundation that additional skills can be added to.""
August 30, 2013 - "The work you do is fantastic, easy to understand and very helpful in my life (ministry and personally)."
August 20, 2013 - "I believe all of the soft skills are so important for success in one's personal and professional lives. I would want my children to have all of these skills before they left home for college. - my two daughters are ages 15 and 11"
August 14, 2013 - "I hope the Search Institute plans to partner with other organizations who are working on "soft skills" . The Center for Creative Leadership and the FranklinCovey Organization's Leader in Me Program are two that come to mind. They are delivering, designing and researching results."
August 14, 2013 - "I agree that it would interesting to see the results of a Ranking Survey. Survey Monkey offers a good option to rank items."
August 13, 2013 - "You keep referring to "youing children" what is the exact age range you are referring to?"
August 13, 2013 - "I'd like to see a variation of the same poll, with respondents ranking interest in "soft-skills" on a scale of 1-10, with each skill occupying one ranking position. I believe that this would give a clearer picture of which skills are most important to people. Right now, there is not much spread in the responses."
August 13, 2013 - "Interesting lack of differences between items. Everything is high. Would be interesting to see something on variability and to pose some more forced choice items (this vs this) to get a better sense of what is important. Look forward to seeing where this leads."
August 13, 2013 - "As a Program Leader in an After-School Program, I believe that covering these subjects are integral in assisting students to be productive and conscientious about the important role that they play in life. I read where someone said that teachers have a lot already on their plates - I agree, but it would helps Teachers to have less challenges in their classrooms with students if there were more of this around."
August 13, 2013 - "There's a lot of overlap between a number of these soft skills. I think that if we (society) could learn to focus on developing just three or four of these really well, the rest would improve as a collateral result."
August 12, 2013 - "I'm not sure who coined the term 'soft skills', but it is inaccurate. Many of these skills are part of our executive functioning and all are essential to succeeding in life."
August 11, 2013 - "I do not believe that it is one skill in particular but rather a combination of experiences that build multiple skills. In our work we have found some pretty sophisticated work in this area that has already been developed. Perhaps SEARCH could support this work in other ways than developed another list of skills with its' own metrics and assessment instrument. Further, we are much more focused on what and how we are teaching the identified skills. The metrics will come later."
August 9, 2013 - "I really think they should be helping the single mothers that are raising sons, as a mother can only teach so much."
August 9, 2013 - "The way the circles are lined up with the numbers might lead people to select 4's thinking they were selecting 5's. Unless you were to have folks rank order these skills, I would think you will find little difference in what people value."
August 9, 2013 - "I believe that the only thing holding our schools back is that teachers have NO room to put one more thing on their plates, let alone attend training sessions to learn about the implementation of the program. Everyone agrees it is a wonderful program, but the schools would need to supply a coordinator to implement the program in each school. Budgets are so tight, I do not see that happening. The expense to bring in an expert would be the other road block. "
August 8, 2013 - "Excited to see what comes from this ... these are all aspects of the growth of young people that we believe we are impacting. A resource that allows us to measure impact is huge."
August 8, 2013 - "I am the director and owner of Fernwood Cove an all girls traditional residential summer camp in Maine and i feel that here we have the opportunity to teach all these soft skills daily to our campers. Especially collaboration, Emotional competence, Help-seeking behavior, Self-Efficacy and Self regulation. Please never lose sight of the importance of summer camps in our youths lives."
August 8, 2013 - "I think you should force folks to rank order to get truly helpful data."
August 8, 2013 - "I would use integrity instead of conscientious."
August 8, 2013 - "As a Principal in a Primary School in Australia I am extremely interested in this survey. We have been working with programs and teaching approaches that have included all of these non cognitive skills and we believe strongly that their development assists in a childs academic outcomes. We are currently working on brain research with Professor Carol Dweck from Stanford University. I look forward to hearing more from you."
August 8, 2013 - "The ability to delay gratification and intelligence usually determines success. Both can be improved with education."
August 8, 2013 - "These are life skills that everyone needs!!"
August 8, 2013 - "It is fascinating that all of the skills are ranking between 4 and 5 in importance. Will there be a survey in which they truly need to be prioritized in an order?"
August 7, 2013 - "Am surprised by the ones that came out ahead. Tells much about what we are trying to foster in the youth with whom we work."
August 7, 2013 - "As mentioned in an email to Kent Pekel, EdVisions based in Henderson Minnesota has developed and is using a "Hope Survey" that measures most of the items listed in your survey. Rather than going to the time and expense of developing something new, I'd encourage Search Institute to explore possible collaboration with EdVisions."
August 7, 2013 - "I completed this poll primarily from my work perspective as a youth workforce specialist, altering my responses from those I would have submitted as a parent or a past educator. I am concerned about the transferable skills that would help youth succeed in the classroom, the workplace and in life. (I choose not to call them "soft skills" as it is an older term that couples with hard skills and tends to connote that they are somehow less important.) Education and workforce have been operating in silos--to no one's advantage. It is time we work collaboratively on fostering skills that will lend more toward success in any arena, rather than just the classroom or just the workplace."
August 7, 2013 - "This research validates the importance of developing the "whole" child/youth versus highlighting one area over the another. "Soft skills" have to work in concert with other important life skills, such as academic achievement. Hopefully, the results will provide a richer understanding of the development of youth. Thanks for conducting the research."
August 7, 2013 - "I admire much of the work of the Search Institute, but find this survey rather disingenuous. I would be surprised to find anyone who works with youth to answer anything but 4's and 5's on this 'survey'. I would trust something that forced us to prioritize among those options. Thank you for all that you do, but please don't cite this survey as evidence of anything other than the wishes of people who work with young people."