Online Learning Update

February 11, 2019

How do schools train for a workplace that doesn’t exist yet?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by CAROLINE PRESTON, Hechinger Report

I asked Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, for his thoughts on this question. Carnevale told me that, first of all, the story of robots creating mass unemployment has been overhyped.  Chris Burns has heard these sorts of predictions, too. Burns works for a business near Cincinnati that sells cloud computing and other technology services, and he says there is a big shortage of skilled IT employees both nationally and in his metro area. For his part, Burns told me he suspects that “soft skills” — things like critical thinking, problem solving and communication — are going to be key and that those abilities will serve young people no matter how their jobs evolve with new technologies. The growing importance of soft skills is a topic we’ve written about here at Hechinger. And Carnevale says he shares this perspective.

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