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Is Education Failing?

Outdated And Insufficient – Is Education Failing Our Future Workforce?

Summary: Education needs to respond to the technological, economic, and cultural shifts that are occurring at an ever-increasing pace. 

Original author and publication date: Sheya Michaelides – November 22, 2021

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: It is time to educate from the future so we can all be ready for the future

From the article:

Education is still predominantly based on a ‘factory’ model of teaching and learning. This method of educating the masses was sufficient during the Industrial era when a large base of factory workers was needed; however, in the age of automation and rapid technological change, this system can limit the potential of individual learners to cope with the future of work.

One main issue is that most schools and colleges continue to respond to past and current work conditions and practices as opposed to predicting the future of work.

This is in no way adequately preparing future workforces to readily adjust to procedural, organizational or cultural changes.

Outdated from preschool to college

According to a Mckinsey and Company report on the future of work, less well-educated workers are most likely to be displaced by automation as roles such as data entry operators, cashiers, telemarketers, and customer service representatives become obsolete (by 2030).

Schools therefore need to ensure that when young people leave education, they have the required IT skills for the type of jobs that will exist in the near future.

The current skills gap indicates that the education system is not close to meeting the demands of the workplace at present, let alone the future. The closing of this gap is imperative as more Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)* roles take over from traditional administrative and customer service jobs.

Last year the World Economic Forum (WEF) published a report by the Britannica Group (April 2020) stating how education was no longer fit for purpose due to its focus on IQ and the ability of learners to memorize information.

There is an expectation that these skills will become redundant as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation become more dominant in the workplace.

Education needs to respond to the technological, economic, and cultural shifts that are occurring at an ever-increasing pace. The best model would be one that prepares young people to thrive in jobs that are not yet in existence.

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