Saturday, July 16, 2011

Reinventing Yourself for an Unknown Future

Here is a great opinion piece by Thomas Friedman, today. A phenomenal read that has potential for how we educate students in 21st Century Schools.

The main issue of this piece instills the idea that people may need to reinvent themselves to take advantage of the future career opportunities that exist. The manner that the government is managing the jobs crisis only points to the lack of clarity from their perspective to view the problem with renewed thinking.

In an earlier blog I wrote this week I spoke about innovating and re-thinking our teaching profession and our schools. As we continue to appease the government's desire to throw education back into the 19th Century assembly lines, we also need to continue the battle to prepare students for that elusive and unknown future, where assembly line thinking will not be the direction.

Creativity, innovation and incredible thinking will need to be encouraged for our students' future. Inspiring them to be connected to the unknown future is something we must not refrain from doing due to the narrow-minded government edicts that win the simple minded over to vote for a politician.

As Mr. Friedman reminds us that the future careers and jobs will be given to "people who not only have the critical thinking skills to do the value-adding jobs that technology can't, but also people who can invent, adapt, and reinvent their jobs every day, in a market that changes faster than ever."1

1. Friedman, B.T.L. 2011. The Start-Up of You. The New York Times, [online] 12 July. Available at: <> [Accessed 16 July 2011].

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