How we approach education over the balance of this decade is going to have a drastic impact upon our future. Generation Z is paying attention and know how to fact check both what they see and hear!
They have had tremendous amounts of information available to them and they have become skilled at processing it. Millennials can remember a time before iPhones and mobile technology but Gen Z cannot as they have always had access to information via the internet.
I have interviewed hundreds of Millennials and am just now listening to what the next generation has to say. The problem for education and training for workforce development is that many of the jobs Gen Z’ers will fill do not exist today.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
This is a quote that is just as applicable today as it was in the 60’s. We must all learn to be thankful for the tacit knowledge and wisdom that has been handed down to us from preceding generations!
As I continue to research the numbers from trusted online resources; in addition to speaking with both students and educators, I find that my academic path resembles what is taking place today!
I am amazed at the rhetoric that has flooded the venues, events, and conversations by politicians, civic leaders, and educators in 2018. It reminds me of my days as a quality manager in a metal fabrication facility in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Quality was not a major concern until it was and then it was paramount that the issues be addressed.
The issues were documented and submitted and occasionally rejected, only to be signed off on with a deviation from upper management to achieve a production schedule on time.
It is time to put our collective talents, finances, and resources together to ensure success from the very beginning; in order to achieve the desired outcome for all those involved in the process-a high quality education!