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Redefining Education: Preparing Children For A Radically Different World

Forbes – Richard Levick

“Almost everything about our lives has changed in the past couple of generations, much of it with breathtaking speed. The economy has gone global and is now thoroughly dependent on digital technologies, rendering obsolete much of our parents’ world. Trains and planes now travel at three or four times the pace of their predecessors – and they’re much safer than they used to be.” (more)

2 major investments support STEM education

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Schools may be out for summer, but STEM education efforts and investments are going strong. STEM investments are critical for a number of reasons. First, many of the jobs today’s K-12 students will hold in the future don’t exist yet, and nearly all of them are predicted to require solid STEM skills. Second, there are large gender and racial gaps in the STEM workplace. These gaps start as early as middle school, when girls and minorities stop engaging with STEM lessons and extra-curricular activities.” (more)

How to prepare students for the unknowable

E-School News – Adam Garry

“The workforce is on the cusp of a major evolution. But will Gen Z—those born after 1996 and just beginning to think about their careers—be prepared with the essential skills to succeed? Now more than ever before, educators have the opportunity and the imperative to engage students in learning tasks that ask them to think critically and problem-solve.” (more)

Bridging the STEM Skills Gap Involves Both Education and Industry Commitments

The U.S. News and World Report – Rebecca Ellis

“Inside Subaru of Indiana Automotive, students gather around a scaled-down version of the robotic arms the industry uses to make cars. They watch as it sorts colored blocks on a miniaturized production line, occasionally glancing at the nearby laptop to make sure it is following the commands they programmed. These students are simulating the roles of modern manufacturing employees.” (more)

Can STEM Education Future-Proof the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Industries?

The Boss Magazine – Staff Writer

“Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard mention of the skills gap in many industries. From IT departments and engineering to logistics, manufacturing, and construction, industry experts are getting older, retiring, and leaving a vacuum. But it’s not their fault. With the exception of IT, industries like manufacturing, construction, and trucking can be seen as unfavorable areas for careers—heavy or “dirty” industries, if you will. But it’s 2018, and technology is driving these markets to a new level of innovation.” (more)

What does the ‘future of work’ mean for schools? Big claims leave educators with more questions than answers

Chalk Beat – Matt Barnum

“U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently told the Wall Street Journal that schools need to change because by the time current kindergarteners reach the job market, 65 percent of jobs will be newly invented. The XQ Initiative to reinvent high school claims that the “jobs of tomorrow will look totally different than those of today or the recent past.” A special report in Education Week on the future of work says that “technological change, globalization, and climate instability are happening at an accelerating pace all across the world.” These warnings of dramatic change are increasingly being used to promote advocates’ favored solutions for improving schools, and the results are trickling down into real classrooms — not just through the expansion of established career and technical education programs, for example, but with calls to upend traditional schooling altogether.” (more)