Monday, March 9, 2009

Our Future in Perspective


It is estimated that a week’s worth of New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
For students starting a four-year technical or college degree, this means that half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study. It is predicted to double every 72 hours by 2010.

According to former Secretary of Education Richard Riley, the top 10 jobs that will be in demand in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t yet been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet

Click here to read the rest at newshelton...

I've always had this concern with my studies as an advertising student. The things I am learning in school right now are irrelevant in every way possible to the conditions of the current industry. Busy work/traditional homework waste my time. Instead of informing students of how much things are changing, we are covering the same tired material that will be useless to us in our future careers.

That last sentence about preparing students for jobs that don't even exist yet really blew my mind. Sometimes I think we really underestimate how much faster things change between years.

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