Businesses are seeking workers whose profile is different from that of decades past, when a high school diploma was more than enough. As robots take over much of the manual labor in factories, the new jobs being created tend to require computer and engineering skills and advanced training. That’s helped to fuel a boomlet of college investment in manufacturing programs.
As each student walks into class, he or she grabs a pouch, slides the phone in, snaps the lock shut, then sets it aside. When the bell rings at period’s end, the students swipe their pouches over an unlocking station, freeing the phones. While Yondr would not confirm how many teachers in Utah are using the devices, Thomas said she’s one of four using them at Brighton alone.
More than 350 student inventors from across the country competed in the historic 30th Anniversary RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE CONTEST® (RGMC) Live Finals at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago April 21-22, 2018. About 40 individual teams participated in the annual STEM contest, which also premiered an Apprentice Division for the first time, bringing elementary school into the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest activities. [ Watch the winning machine ]
Career and technical education (CTE) programs such as those offered at MST -- which feature academically and professionally rigorous classes and send graduates off to postsecondary programs at high rates -- may be uniquely positioned to prepare young adults for the future of work.
Idaho, Mississippi, and Rhode Island just got the federal stamp of approval on their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. This brings the grand total of approved plans to 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Every state has submitted, and gotten feedback on, its ESSA plan. Just 13 states have yet to get the federal seal of approval, including some states with big populations, such as California and Florida.
Scientists have linked hundreds of genes to intelligence. One psychologist says it’s time to test school kids. A year ago, no gene had ever been tied to performance on an IQ test. Since then, more than 500 have, thanks to gene studies involving more than 200,000 test takers. Results from an experiment correlating one million people’s DNA with their academic success are due at any time.
If you thought or were told you didn't qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program because you were not enrolled in a qualifying repayment plan -- typically an income-driven plan -- the Department of Education might still let you erase your loans.
Does this sound familiar? An Ivy League-educated philanthropist, who built his wealth from a career in technology, decides to champion education as his next cause--under the belief that today’s schools are not adequately preparing the next generation for the future.
Like millions of other individuals in the workforce, you’re probably wondering if you will one day be replaced by a machine. If you’re a student, you’re probably wondering if your chosen profession will even exist by the time you’ve graduated. From driving to legal research, there isn’t much that technology hasn’t already automated (or begun to automate). Many of us will need to adapt to this disruption in the workforce.
I’m skeptical of arguments that technology will have severe detrimental effects on employment for many reasons. But one reason is this: If artificial intelligence (AI) turns out to be as powerful as the worriers say, won’t it be good at finding new nonobvious tasks for humans and also training them for these new occupations?