January 11, 2023
This article was first published by our friends at ET Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2.
In the last century and into the early part of this century, the key role of education was to provide the future workforce with a clear knowledge and understanding of what skills the workforce would require. At the time, this was relatively easy to determine. Someone entering formal (traditional) education as a 6-year-old and leaving at 16 years to enter a higher education program would have gained a good foundation of the basic core skills. In effect, a decade to take on board the core skills and knowledge. However, in today’s world, 10 years is a huge time horizon. No one has any clear idea what will happen in the next 24 months, never mind what will happen in the next 10 years.
For the most part, assumptions were made that these skills would be best developed from an academic foundation. Right or wrong, the measurement of educational success we work with today is still linked directly to academic achievements, sometimes referred to as hard skills, where it’s possible to create an accurate measuring system. The education system, especially at K-12, is…