engine - 5:09 pm on May 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
Skills for today's world are different from yesteryear, and next year they will be different, once again.
It's an interesting comparison when you take a snapshot over the last 200-years, and certainly in the last 100, whne developments came on stream faster. Some of the skills of 100-years ago are lost because there is little need/demand. 1000 years ago I expect just about everyone was able to get a fire started without a match. I doubt that most of us today have those skills. We could probably do it, but it'd be challenging.
Times change, and skills change, and I don't think it's about being smarter. I know some very intelligent people that have very little common sense. Does that make them smarter? No, it doesn't.
I wonder how the skill set of a child or adult will look in 100 years from now.