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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)

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)

STEM education develops children’s skill sets to make them ‘future-proof’ in employment market

The South China Morning Post – Staff Writer

“Parents often wonder and rightly so, if STEM education is just the traditional education in science and mathematics with a new name. Traditionally maths skills are needed in science: engineering is applied maths and science: technology is a generic term that covers a wide range of science and engineering skills. Universities and colleges have traditionally been the domain of teaching engineering. Given all of this, then curriculum design in schools has to lead to something more than the sum of the individual parts. Integration of teaching and learning allows students to use combinations of skills and is a useful direction.”(more)

New research shows that apps, technology and modern teaching skills work for children with reading disabilities

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“New research from Linnaeus University in Sweden shows that apps, technology and modern teaching skills are working for children with reading disabilities. The mental health of these children is affected positively by the reading apps and learning technology available today. Researchers studied the correlation between assistive technology (AT) such as apps on Ipads and the mental health of children with reading disabilities. The results show that students with reading disabilities are actually feeling better than expected and that technical aids such as apps are effective learning tools.”(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)

It’s time to address cybersecurity education, say policymakers

Education Dive – Shalina Chatlani

“Though technology has grown in ubiquity throughout college classrooms, the workforce is still seeing a shortage of graduates who actually have the technical expertise necessary to maintain and secure these networked tools. The gap — with the potential economic and security ramifications — has got policymakers, as well as players in the cybersecurity industry, looking toward higher education officials and asking, “How do we fix this?” .”(more)