It’s About Time!

The most crucial input for a child’s education cannot be expected to be provided by schools, politicians, or National, State, or Local governments. The future has been here for a while and we need to start addressing key issues or we will get left behind.

We currently have four generations in the workplace at the same time with a new one right around the corner. In order to keep pace with our rapidly changing world we must acknowledge that the distance between the perceived future and today is less than ever before.

Education can no longer be approached in the same manner as it was in the 20th century when memorizing facts was acceptable for jobs that were highly structured and repetitive. Once we could look forward to lifetime employment, benefits, pensions, and security for our families.

The future is today and jobs require more analytical, social, and emotional skills than ever before. Continuous learning is no longer an option it is necessary in order to carve out a space in the modern world. More and more companies are grousing about the skills gap in employment.

The U.S. educational system is not currently geared to address equipping students with the skills they will need to succeed but they are working on it encountering a good deal of friction along the way. I recently ran across an article which addressed the “lattice approach to career and culture.” Perhaps this will provide an actionable solution as we move forward in the 21st century.

Our modern corporate world demands flexibility and for those of us from previous generations we must learn to be resilient more that ever before in order to successfully weave ourselves into the fabric of our present age.

I strongly suspect that the younger generations will adopt a similar formula to the one offered by Dr. Richard Hamming:

“If you are to do important work then you must work on the right problem at the right time and in the right way. Without any of the three, you may do good work but you will almost certainly miss real greatness.”