A little note: “… Increasingly, people … have to use higher thinking skills (and less lower skills like ?Knowledge?). … ”
Lower thinking skills are now needed more than ever. Knowledge of the use of media, knowledge of language, it is necessary knowledge. The pyramid of the thinking skills of Bloom and the categories of Romiszowski could be very confusing. Some believe that you can think without factual knowledge. That is not so, think. How to look up a strange word if you know enough? (If you did not remember where you can find the dictionary) How often do you think of something because you can not remember what you have invented?
The pyramid is a clear metaphor for thinking skills, facts (factual knowledge) are the underground for applying other thinking skills. How can I tell you a story if you and I know nothing? There is a lot of knowledge to an ordinary story.
(Dutch translation on softskills.nl)