What jobs will tomorrow’s children have? I informally surveyed a number of teens and adults from around the world, and responses told the same fearful story. Technology, robots and artificial intelligence will take jobs. Educators plan for science fiction futures.
Street sweepers in Shanghai offer a hint at the economics of China’s job market. The average income in Shanghai is under $15,000 per year. Street sweepers make less than that.
If you haven’t been to China recently, you haven’t seen its sparkling streets. After a long stint in Shanghai, I recently visited Suzhou and Hong Kong. Suzhou is a 20-minute high speed rail ride from central Shanghai. No potholes. No garbage. No oil stains. I don’t remember even seeing any gum spots. For a city of 10 million, Suzhou is new, clean and spotless, just like most of Shanghai.
Before considering whether to leave teaching and take a role in the administration, teachers need to learn an important lesson about indemnification.
When children were given a computer, they self-organized learning groups and reinforced the central tenet of education. We all need more memory and faster processors.
The public and private education sectors need to talk more, and trust more.
It's time for the US to ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.