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In high schools across the U.S., a quiet movement is underway to better prepare students for a hazy new future of work in which graduates will vie for fast-changing jobs being transformed by increasingly capable machines.
Kaveh writes: Breaking with traditional schooling, these new models emphasize capabilities over knowledge — with extra weight on interpersonal skills that appear likely to become ever more valuable.
The big picture: No one really knows what future jobs will look like or the skills that will be necessary to carry them out. But researchers and companies alike widely believe that, as a start, interpersonal and management skills will differentiate humans from machines.
High schoolers are often being taught skills that will soon be handed over to machines, and they're missing out on more valuable ones.
Education research has largely overlooked high school, Ali tells Axios — but that's started to change. Among a new spate of efforts:
19 schools received large grants from the XQ Institute, an affiliate of the Emerson Collective, which invests in Axios, with the stated objective of inventing new ways of teaching future-proof skills.
To encourage the teaching of demanded skills in addition to knowledge, the "mastery transcript" gives students credit for attributes like persistence, teamwork and resilience — "characteristics that colleges and employers are actually looking for," Looney says.
But, but, but: High school is just one of the moving parts of education that experts say need to change. Colleges — especially community colleges — are vital for developing new skills, Harvard's Claudia Goldin tells Axios. And companies are experimenting with new ways of re-training workers whose school days are long behind them.
Students at Summit Shasta. Photo: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty
On a recent visit to Summit Shasta, Kaveh watched students in a science class assemble circuits and listened as English students read through a New York Times review before diving into a new book — Junot Diaz's "Oscar Wao."
Kaveh writes: This platform is at the center of students' lives. They use it to organize assignments, projects and goals.
"You can't just know stuff," Herman told Axios. "You have to develop these attributes that are going to work well with people. You need to be able to create a plan and be flexible with that plan when things change."
At the end of Kaveh's visit, he met with three Summit Shasta students who talked about how they'd personalized their learning, choosing classes, projects and internships based on their goals.
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The share of Americans who expect to postpone their retirement has jumped from 37% in 2015 to 52% in 2019, according to a survey of working U.S. adults by MetLife.
Erica writes: Americans who came of age during the financial crash — the Great Recession generation — are burdened by three times as much debt as their parents, primarily from student loans, and are less likely than any other generation to own homes.
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Office meetings have transformed from a group of colleagues around a table to a tech-infused extravaganza, with well-designed slide decks on flat-screen TVs and people calling in from all over the world.
Erica writes: One consequence of the new and improved meetings is the screen-sharing faux pas.
Some cringeworthy examples: