Special Report: The New World of Work

Are Schools Falling Behind?

More than half of educators—51 percent—say updating curriculum to get students ready for the jobs of the future is a top priority, according to a poll by the Education Week Research Center. The challenge is figuring out what schools ought to teach. Is it creativity? Data science? Soft skills? In this special report, Education Week tries to fill in some of those blanks. Read on to find out what companies want from new employees, how teachers are infusing “big data” skills into math lessons, and what schools are doing to expose students to cutting-edge business operations. Are your students ready for tomorrow’s workplace?


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Students are unprepared to imagine the jobs of tomorrow, much less the skills they need to land them, say the editors of a special report.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week

Schools are trying to forge stronger workforce connections in K-12 by revamping curriculum and school culture to help students explore potential careers.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week

More than 17,000 schools use YouScience, a commercial aptitude assessment that seeks to gauge a test taker’s skills in areas such as idea generation and spatial awareness.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week

The growing popularity of voice-activated technologies is forcing educators to think about the role such tools play in preparing students for the jobs of the future.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week

Employers and teachers agree that creativity is a valued skill for the workplace, but they disagree on what it means to be creative.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week

A handful of districts in upstate New York are moving career technical education classes to cutting-edge businesses so students can have more "authentic" learning experiences.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week

In a labor market hungry for employees who can work with data, some high schools have begun to offer a new breed of classes in data science.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week

Schools are slowly figuring out how to balance thinking globally with acting locally, and recognizing that some key skills are valuable no matter where students end up living.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week

Education Week asked senior executives from some of the biggest and fastest-growing companies in the United States that question. You might be surprised by what they had to say.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week

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