Preparing today's kids for tomorrow's jobs
Written by: Lily Wilson
In this digital day and age, technology impacts everything we do, affecting the way we live, travel, work and communicate with one another. Kids are growing up with smartphones and tablets at their fingertips. Businesses must adapt or die, keeping atop of emerging technologies while also creating new technologies that drive growth and innovation.
Every single industry has already been disrupted by technology, and the rate of change from here is exponential. So, how do we set our children up for success in this fast-changing world? How do we prepare them for jobs that don't even exist yet? Kids are obviously the future, but the future has never been this uncertain because everything is changing so quickly.
Teach kids a differentiated set of skills and values
“In the 21st century, we use a 19th school model with 20th values. There’s clearly something wrong with this picture.” —Zander Sherman
The modern-day education system was built in, and for the needs of, the industrial era. It teaches kids to memorize information and skillfully perform tasks. These are the same qualities that we now get from computers. To be successful in the future, we need to teach today's children a completely differentiated set of skills and values, such as intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and social skills. If we don't, they will be directly competing with the quickly increasing capabilities and relative inexpensiveness of automation and artificial intelligence. Society's unpreparedness for this change may bring the largest social and economic challenge of our lifetime.
Introduce kids to computer programming ("coding")
"Nearly two-thirds of the 13 million new jobs created in the U.S. since 2010 required medium or advanced levels of digital skills."—Brookings Institution
Beyond technical skills, coding also builds confidence, encourages collaboration, inspires creativity and teaches kids how to problem-solve. These are the skills that last a lifetime and will be paramount to every child's success in the workforce.
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