Future Jobs, Skills, Knowledge- Is Conventional Education Keeping Up ?

Over the last 3–4 years, have been reading lots of articles in this area, and going by own personal life experience(which hopefully many of us can relate to depicted in the header image), I am seeing the need for a complete disruption of what children get to do at school. Of course there are a select set of small schools that have started doing things differently but they continue to be far and few. The vast majority continue to struggle with outdated set of skills, syllabi, pedagogy. Quite a few of these seem to be US based but in reality could possibly reflect a good portion of the world ( barring exceptional systems like Finland, Japan etc)

1a) US College Higher Education Bubble will slowly burst… This entire article can be read but if its long. Please start reading from “The value of a college degree” section in this article


1b) A related article — This is early indication that in the next few years, many more employers would follow suit. Big companies have slowly started removing the need to have a formal degree.


2) This person calls spade a spade. Some of his words are not very polished (but goes to show his frustration) but its coming from the heart and am in agreement with him.


3) This person Peter Diamandis is brilliant. In this excellent article he talks about how education should be.


4) Alternatives to school

Benefits of Self-Directed Learning

In this article, I liked this snippet

In How Children Fail, John Holt wrote, “School is a place where children learn to feel stupid.” This also applies to the many young people that schools deem to be “winners” by virtue of their high grades. As Holt, and later Kirsten Olson (in her book Wounded By School), have so artfully described, no one is impervious to the secret fear that she or he may, at any time, be exposed as a “failure,” when failure and success are pinned on arbitrary tests and measures devised by others, as occurs in school. Such wounds are lifetime sentences. We may try to bury them under many years of successful post-school experiences, but they don’t disappear. For many people, the battle to compensate for such feelings is a constant drain. Consider how much happier and more successful we could be if we didn’t have to keep trying to prove that we are not the dummies we were led to fear that we might be, or that we are the intellectually superior ones that we were labeled as at school. How much better listeners and learners we could be if we didn’t always have to defend ourselves and prove our knowledge to others. How much more open and inquisitive we could be — as we were when we were two — if our self-esteem had been neither pummeled nor falsely bolstered for all those years.

5) Also there is this fantastic book called “Teaching Today For Tomorrow” where the author touches upon the skills that children dont get to learn at school at all. Here is my book review of the same.


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Would like to hear your thoughts — both supporting and critical (so that I get to understand and change my viewpoints)

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