More and more of our students earning a coveted degree from one of America’s great universities are doomed to an uncertain future.
The worldwide financial meltdown has, we know, gutted the job market but when the dust settles, surely we face a jobless recovery.
The problem is more acute, however.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, an academic journal covering post-secondary education in the U.S., recently raised the question whether university majors are “silos” inhibiting learning.
Let’s be honest.
The university majors that exist today are not necessarily job related. More importantly, a degree of any kind is no guarantee of a job. What is important is that young people “learn how to learn” (acquire genuine thinking skills) in college; and if possible, find out what they can be passionate about.
A few years ago, the US Department of Labor said that people will “have 10 to 14 jobs by age 38.” Former Education Secretary Richard Riley at the time said that “the top 10 jobs that will be in demand (don’t yet exist) and they will be using technologies that haven’t been invented. In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”
In an age where we are discovering that everything is connected to everything else, what we really need to do is create the interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes the new economy, the role of technology and the spirit of enterprise…
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