Creating the Future of Education and Work
September 15, 2011 11:03 AM Subscribe
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In February 2011, every teacher in Providence, Rhode Island was pink slipped. Not all 1,926 of them got fired, of course, but with the district facing a $40 million deficit, anything is possible. The district says it needs flexibility, just in case. Every school district in the United States faces its own version of what’s happening in Providence. However, “IMAGINATION: Creating the Future of Education and Work
” is focused not on how we got here but rather how we can move forward from here immediately even as the education system continues to struggle.
Americans are currently faced with a shortage of jobs, but by 2018 the nation will be faced with a shortage of educated workers. This project began in Louisiana, where 100,000 skilled labor jobs are currently unfilled. If the future workforce continues to be trained for the past, particularly as other countries look ahead, Americans will no longer be globally competitive as the domestic economy and infrastructure continue to collapse. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM
, are the acknowledged focal point of the skill set required for the 21st century.