“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist…”

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I watched the video below at a staff meeting where I used to teach in 2008. It’s been in the back of my mind lately. Nate, my older son will be three at the end month and began preschool this past week. Preschool, now, it seems is a different world from what it was when I was a child. Conversations about making sure children were reading upon entry into kindergarten and how best to teach numeracy skills to such young students buzzed around me. Should we push academics in preschool? Should my son, who only learned to walk roughly two years ago, even have sight words on his radar right now? As a mother and as an educator, I’m immensely worried about how the heck we can possibly prepare the next generation…it honestly does keep me up at night. What are the skills on which we should focus? Academics? Social skills? Technology? Something else? I will leave you with the video, and this quote from it:

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist…using technologies that haven’t been invented…in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

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