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Bill Would Require Students To Learn 'Soft Skills'

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A Kentucky lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would require elementary, middle and high school students to be taught what are known as  “soft skills”. The goal of the new curriculum would be to better prepare students for the workforce.

Lancaster Republican Representative Jonathan Shell told House education committee members the bill is needed because students lack adaptability, reliability, communication and teamwork skills.

The Messenger-Inquirer reported that under the bill students would be taught diligence, an understanding of work-related information, and the importance of remaining drug-free. If the bill is passed, schools would implement the soft skills curriculum during the 2019-2020 school year.

The state Department of Education would develop the criteria, but it also allows schools to create their own or use an existing program. Shell said some school districts already teach workforce skills. The bill passed the House education committee, and will now go to the full House for a vote.

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