When I see a headline like this in the newspaper (The Age: May 3, 2016) my thoughts are drawn to not only what we are teaching our students, but how we are preparing them for their future lives in the workforce. As stated in the article:
The world of work is in a massive transition to an ever more global, technology-driven, flexible economy in which whole professions are being altered, new professions are coming into existence, and traditional jobs are being swallowed by automation.”
Quoting the conclusion of an August and September 2015 report by the Foundation for Young Australians the future of education becomes patently clear:
In a world where change is the one constant, a 15-year-old today can expect to have upwards of 17 jobs in five different industries over the course of their working life …
… In the new work order, young people will need excellent enterprise skills – digital literacy, critical thinking, creativity, financial savvy, flexibility, the ability to collaborate, self-sufficiency – to survive and thrive in a radically altered economy.”
Noting that ‘collaboration’ is one of the key skills needed to be acquired by students before they enter the workforce, this video of an amazing duo, highlights the enormous benefits to be gained when people work together. It struck me as an inspirational video to share with students.
The discussion raised in this article by Jan Owen, the chief executive officer of the Foundation for Young Australians, raises many interesting considerations which could make for an excellent spring board for whole school staff discussion.