In the article “Rigor Redefined,” by Tony Wagner, there were a lot of things that mattered such as what businesses expect from young people wanting to work there and if schools are doing enough to prepare students for the 21st century.
Clay Parker, the president of Chemical Management Division of BOC Edwards said that he looked for people who asked good questions and engaged in good discussions. This matters in students lives today for several reasons, one being that in order to work well with others and get curtain jobs done people need to be able to have good conversation. Another being, people have to be able to ask questions when they need help to show that they are thinking about what they are doing. It said that in order for students to succeed they need to master seven things, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leadership, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information, and curiosity and imagination. Basically what students need to do to succeed in business is learn to do all of these things themselves and if they can they will do better in business. Tony Wagner also stated that classes that are just being fed the answers are not forced to think about what they have to do to succeed in the subject while classes that the teacher makes them think and engage the students do much better. These things matter for success because the classes that are actually engaging in activities and being forced to work and solve succeed much better then those classes that don’t.
The article, “Rigor Redefined,” matters because it talks about how to succeed in the 21st century.