With advances in technology, including in computing, automation, and artificial intelligence, the job market is undoubtedly changing. But are schools keeping up?
In a series of upcoming stories, we’ll be attempting to answer this question and many more like it about the intersection of education and the workforce. We’ll look at how schools are balancing so-called “soft skills,” like communication, problem-solving, and teamwork, with technical skills such as computer coding. And we’ll look at how those compare to what employers say they’re looking for.
But to get things going, we want to hear from teachers: What skills do you think we should teach students to prepare them for the jobs of the future?
Tweet @educationweek your answers using #SkillsforFutureJobs. Or you can email me directly with your answers at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to republish some of those responses in print for our special report, which will be published in September.
In the meantime, here’s some background reading from the archives:
- Can K-12 Education Prepare Students For ‘Jobs of the Future?’
- Congressional Panel Asks: What K-12 Skills Are Needed for STEM Workforce?
- Appalachia Has STEM Jobs Available. Will Students Have the Skills to Fill Them?
- Jobs Will Require Ongoing Training, Study Finds
- Ariz. District Teaches Coding to K-8 Students
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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.