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Future Work: Child's Play

Future Work: Child's Play

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.

Gaps of Achievement and Income

Gaps of Achievement and Income

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. 

Street Sweepers and Beat Cops

Street Sweepers and Beat Cops

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. 

Risky Leadership

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Risky Leadership

Before considering whether to leave teaching and take a role in the administration, teachers need to learn an important lesson about indemnification. 

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More Memory and a Faster Processor

More Memory and a Faster Processor

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.