The entire higher educational process has been built on training employees for many years. Unfortunately the nature of ‘employment’ is changing rapidly and the mid level jobs are under the greatest threat of automation along with select ranges of low level jobs. This has left higher education, below the graduate research level, churning out credentials for yesterday’s managers with no idea how to educate for the change.

Down the road we could have the opportunity to see a return of classic liberal arts education for its own sake. This will work only if we recognize that a major part of our population are only going to be employed on a part time, gig basis. That cannot be how they “make a living”. Everyone must have a living base for all needs and then we can educate for personal growth and personal skills. Surprisingly that is, actually, what is being asked for by the kind of employers we have now.

The need is for self motivated, creative people who understand communication and innovation plus collaboration. That is not a description of a wage slave or sales clerk. These are very difficult things to educate people for in the existing system.

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Educator, CIO, retired entrepreneur, grandfather with occasional fits of humor in the midst of disaster. . .

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