The Future of Education

3 graphs that explain how higher ed needs to design for the future of work

“Technology is causing once-in-a-century hyper shift in “jobs to be done” in the workforce for which higher education is not meeting the preparation needs.”


“… where graduates can  easily return for skill-specific development without needing to commit to degree programs.”





“States by percentage of jobs requiring a college degree by 2020.”






“…many job holders will need to retool as their roles become outdated… Even for those in safer fields, the rate of change has created very complex environments in most fields, so teaching range of motion and creative problem solving has been cited in IBM’s global CEO survey as the biggest capacity need going forward.”






10 Reasons the U.S. Education System Is Failing

“…the now established education system is unable to meet the needs of our hyper-connected society – a society that is in a constant state of evolution.”


Are school systems ready to develop students’ social skills?

“…But individual cognitive skills explain less than two-thirds of the variation in student performance on the PISA collaborative problem-solving scale, and a roughly similar share of the performance differences among countries on this measure is explained by the relative standing of countries on the 2012 PISA assessment of individual, creative problem-solving skills. There are countries where students do much better in collaborative problem solving than what one would predict from their performance in the PISA science, reading and mathematics assessments. For example, Japanese students do very well in those subjects, but they do even better in collaborative problem solving. By contrast, students in the four Chinese provinces that took part in PISA did well in mathematics and science, but came out just average in collaborative problem solving. In a nutshell, while the absence of science, mathematics and reading skills does not imply the presence of social and emotional skills, social skills are not an automatic by-product of the development of academic skills either.


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