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What does Texas need to do to get its students ready for the world?

The Dallas Morning News – Eva-Marie Ayala

“State officials say they want engaged families, quality teachers and better access to opportunities for all students. But how does Texas get there? The State Board of Education has kicked off work to build Texas’ next long-range plan for public schools, which officials hope will be the blueprint that drives future policy decisions and even legislation. Texans who are gathering at a series of public forums on the plan agree, but they’re adamant that they want a plan with teeth, too, to make sure kids are ready for life after high school, whether that be in college or a career.”(more)

OPINION: The new lifelong learner — an education to match America’s economic needs

The Hechinger Report – Mark Dorman

“In the past, we’ve often thought about formal education as the acquisition of broad skills at a fixed point in time, with training ending at about age 18, 22 or later for those who need advanced degrees. In order to succeed in the jobs of the future, the workers of tomorrow will need to become lifelong learners. The brain you graduate from college with at age 22 isn’t the one you’re stuck with for the rest of your life. And lifelong learning is the education that never ends: An ever-evolving mastery and proof of abilities.”(more)

How to help your child choose the right career, without being overbearing

Gulf News Thinkers – Elisabeth Leamy

“Alisa Weinstein didn’t expect to start talking to her daughter about potential careers when Mia was only four years old. But when the opening presented itself, Weinstein took it. They were at Target, and Mia was begging for yet another tube of sparkly pink lip gloss. “Get a job and pay for it yourself,” Weinstein told her daughter, joking. Saying those words, though, gave her an idea. “That’s what one would call a ‘light bulb moment’. I’m 99 per cent sure I actually slapped my forehead.” Weinstein, who lives in Potomac, Maryland, went home and scribbled her idea on a sticky note: Instead of paying her daughter an allowance to do chores around the house, she would pay her to test-drive real careers. “Her first ‘career’ was her dad’s: Market Researcher,” Weinstein said. “She made a list of 15 friends and family members and asked them to choose between three flavours of ice cream … She presented her results to me and I paid her.” Mia learned about interesting jobs and gained an appreciation for money.”(more)

People who speak multiple languages make the best employees for one big reason

Quartz – Gabrielle Hogan-Brun

“Speaking a different language—whether it’s your grandparents’ tongue or high-school Spanish—fundamentally changes the structure of your brain. Put a bunch of these malleable minds together in a company, and you create the potential for some truly original thinking. We already know that businesses thrive on the diversity of ideas created by a multicultural workforce. Multicultural awareness is an essential soft skill in work as well as life, and it goes beyond office culture to economic benefits: According to a recent survey by the Economist, two-thirds of 572 international company executives say that their teams’ multicultural nature increases their organization’s innovation.”(more)

Analysis: By 2022, America Will Need 1 Million More College Grads With STEM Training Than We Are on Track to Produce

The 74 Million – Blair Blackwell and Talia Milgrom-Elcott

“As our economy evolves, we must evolve with it, developing a workforce prepared to meet the demands of a new economy. Now is our chance to build a workforce ready to succeed over a lifetime, not just over the next three to five years. At the heart of the opportunities and risks we face in a new global economy is the increasing value of skills rooted in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Indeed, 10 of the top 14 fastest-growing industries require STEM training. To keep up with the projected growth in demand for STEM jobs, America will need an additional 1 million more college graduates with STEM training by 2022 than we’re on track to produce.”(more)

Future-forward: How to incorporate the 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century learning

E-School News – Dr. Genevra Walters, Dr. Nicole DeVries, and Jamie Harbin

“Many of you are familiar with the four C’s of the 21st-century learning framework: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. But step back for a second and remember why you teach students in the first place–so they can be successful adults who contribute to society and thrive while pursuing a fulfilling career. This is why we add to our list of 21st-century learning skills a fifth C: career readiness.”(more)