The United States lost one-third of its manufacturing jobs--5.8 million positions--between 2000 and 2010. Although the economy has strengthened significantly since then, only about 12% of these jobs have returned. Their disappearance has resulted in painful social disruption: manufacturing had been a critical route to the middle class for those with high school educations or less.
In industries across the board, job openings outnumber qualified applicants -- and it’s only going to get worse. According to research released earlier this year by the Korn Ferry Institute, the existing talent shortage will reach its worst levels in 2030, when an expected 85.2 million job openings will go unfilled worldwide.
In 2018, screen time and bad parenting are practically becoming synonyms. But banning children from using technology simply because a handful of Silicon Valley elite are doing so is a dangerous trend to follow.
In the past decade or so, China has been expanding its commitment to scientific research, and it shows. Chinese researchers now produce more scientific publications than U.S.
Higher education R&D expenditures (HERD) grew by 38.9 percent from 2008 to 2017, an increase of more than $21 billion, according to an SSTI analysis of recently released data from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. From 2016 to 2017, HERD grew by $3.8 billion, the largest year-over-year increase since 2010-2011.
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world’s largest association of science educators, has issued a position statement underscoring the importance of a high-quality science education for our nation’s 30 million elementary students. The statement--focusing on students in kindergarten through 5th and 6th grade--establishes four key principles to guide effective science learning, including the need for schools to give science learning equal priority as other core subjects and strive for at least 60 minutes of science instruction a day that includes science investigations.
In a strategy described by the PLA as “picking flowers in foreign lands to make honey in China,” the Chinese military deliberately obscures the connections of those it sends to study overseas, which are different from transparent military-to-military exchanges that also take place between China and other countries.
If most politicians -- on both left and right, “liberal” and “conservative,” Democrat and Republican -- could have their way, “education” would mean little more than training docile cogs to enter the “workforce.” Recall Marco Rubio’s quip three years ago that “[w]e need more welders and less [he meant ‘fewer’] philosophers.” (He recanted earlier this year, realizing that, after all, both are important.)
When Congress passed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as FERPA, in 1974, school and district leaders could rely on once-a-year training and reviews to make sure they remained in compliance. But in 2018, when educators can add new apps with a few mouse clicks, managing student data privacy has become a never-ending task.
The growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies (ET) is poised to reshape the workforce. While the exact impact of AI and ET is unclear, experts expect that many jobs currently performed by humans will be performed by robots in the near future, and at the same time, new jobs will be created as technology advances.