Today, the internet provides unlimited access to high-quality, free and educational resources for almost any age or skill group. And yet, these critical career paths lack awareness and excitement. Many nonprofit organizations are making it their mission to change that, upsetting outdated models in education and, subsequently, recruiting.
When it comes to kids and screen time, the tide seems to finally be turning. What was a few short years ago a distinctly minority viewpoint - that time on phones, tablets, laptops, and video game consoles is bad for children and should be severely restricted - is now gaining ground.
Artificial intelligence and emerging technologies have enabled automation to scale and pose legitimate workforce threats. However, these innovations are creating new jobs and recreating old ones that together shape the building blocks of a future workforce. This dynamic opportunity engine is driven in large part by a fast expanding innovation ecosystem that combines a bevy of thriving, scaling, and nascent startups and their emerging workforce needs.
Many teachers struggle giving science instruction its due. In fact, the 2018 National Study of Science and Mathematics Education reported that many elementary school teachers do not even provide science instruction every week.
By using the Opportunity Zones designation, Secretary DeVos is focusing investment in projects that serve children in some of the neediest areas of the country. Establishing competitive priorities is a practice every Administration has used to encourage certain activities, assist specific groups, or focus government support in targeted areas.
The latest university cyberattack has reignited the discussion of internet and data safety in higher education. Monroe College is the latest target, with many of its technology systems disabled and the hackers demanding around $2 million in Bitcoin to restore access. Schools must be aware of the prevalence of ransomware and should consider steps to mitigate their risk of attack.
The kind of attacks more commonly reserved for banks and other institutions holding sensitive data are increasingly targeting school systems around the country. The widespread adoption of education technology, which generates data that officials say can make schools more of a target for hackers, also worsens an attack's effects when instructional tools are rendered useless by internet outages.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to put a priority on competitive grants that square with the Trump administration's initiative to improve economic opportunities in distressed areas. In the Federal Register, which is where the U.S. government publishes agency rules and public notices, DeVos' proposed priority is to "align the Department of Education's ... discretionary grant investments with the Administration's Opportunity Zones initiative, which aims to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities."
For as long as anyone can remember, American high schools have mostly failed to provide their students with genuinely marketable skills. But of course, it doesn’t have to be that way. And in recent years, a growing number of “career and technical education” (CTE) programs have sought to bridge the gap between what students learn and what local labor markets demand, typically through a combination of specialized courses and hands-on apprenticeships.
Historically, employers made the baccalaureate, and in some cases advanced degrees, the gateway to an interview. If you did not hold the sheepskin, you would not get in the door. But times have changed. Rapidly advancing technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, robotics and the advent of quantum computing have created an environment in which much of what is learned in college becomes outdated in a few short years.