Generally, skills around managing time, priorities, stress communication and managing interpersonal interactions are taught in isolation, with an emphasis on techniques. In real life, though, the boundaries are never so clearly-defined. Also, emotions can never be fully isolated from skills. Moreover, an individual’s core value system determines how s/he handles specific situations. Thus, an important aspect of preparing students for the real world is to weave values with skills, so that students are able to understand concepts better and apply them more effectively. For example, communicating with empathy makes relationships stronger, while being blunt or curt can damage them. Viewed this way, communication is not merely a skill but a value too. This holistic approach to skill development makes our students more humane- and this, we believe, will guide their lives as they become the flagbearers of our nation’s future.