Monday, June 6, 2011
Teaching kids skills that pay
According to the WSJ, James R. Hagerty, June 6, 2011, the US Chamber put out a report in May saying that higher ed had failed to transform learning, dramatically lower costs, or increase productivity.
Meaning—what people are learning is not meshing with the industries we have left and creating new ones.
The Chamber (where I spent many hundreds of hours) is leading a drive to set up curricula for junior colleges with the goal of certifying kids in industrial skills.
Mastery of skills at a student’s own pace. It's a concept.
Some kids take math on YouTube—check out the Khan Academy.
Schools are starting engineering clubs—some sponsored by that vacuum cleaner guy, Dyson.
Most of education is decided locally—what is going on locally? We saw some stories on robot building clubs here. That sounded cool.
Some states are still training workers, too—don’t be afraid to ask.
Some kids will be lawyers. Some will fix cars. That is life. We need more car fixers. Especially if we can’t afford new ones.
Not all kids will program games or be computer geniuses. Everyone has different gifts.