A Washington lawyer friend recently told me about layoffs at his firm. I asked him who was getting axed. He said it was interesting: lawyers who were used to just showing up and having work handed to them were the first to go because with the bursting of the credit bubble, that flow of work just isn’t there. But those who have the ability to imagine new services, new opportunities and new ways to recruit work were being retained. They are the new untouchables.
That is the key to understanding our full education challenge today. Those who are waiting for this recession to end so someone can again hand them work could have a long wait. Those with the imagination to make themselves untouchables — to invent smarter ways to do old jobs, energy-saving ways to provide new services, new ways to attract old customers or new ways to combine existing technologies — will thrive. Therefore, we not only need a higher percentage of our kids graduating from high school and college — more education — but we need more of them with the right education.
As Daniel Pink, the author of “A Whole New Mind,” puts it: In a world in which more and more average work can be done by a computer, robot or talented foreigner faster, cheaper “and just as well,” vanilla doesn’t cut it anymore. It’s all about what chocolate sauce, whipped cream and cherry you can put on top. So our schools have a doubly hard task now — not just improving reading, writing and arithmetic but entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.
sexta-feira, 23 de outubro de 2009
Entra e sair da crise pela porta da Educação
Não é só o nosso sistema económico que precisa de "reboote and upgrade", a chave está em fazer o mesmo aos sistemas educativos públicos. Precisamos não só de mais gente com mais nescolaridade, como de mais jovens e crianças com a educação CERTA!
Não basta melhorar os bancos, é essencial melhorar e consertar as escolas.
The new untouchables, interessante artigo de Thomas Friedma
New York Times (2009.10.20)