Ellen Shell discusses the state of work in America today. Something Martin Ford also discuses in Rise of the Robots
. She argues that educating our way out of the current situation only creates a hopeless situation. Interestingly, Shell pushes back on the ‘end of average’ argument and instead suggests that we need to encourage a broad educational starting point with a focus on analysis.
There are plenty of people with STEM skills. What social scientists have found just in recent years is what kids lack are what they call analytic skills. That is not problem-solving per se, but knowing what problems to solve.
Our focus should not be on job training, but instead training students to be able to learn on the job. This all feels a part of the move ‘back to basics‘.