The world of work is undergoing a massive shift. Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries and the Information Age that followed in the last century has the scale of disruption taking place in the workforce been so evident.
The future of education will likely be a hybrid of lifelong, continuous liberals arts and technical education.
In the past, the U.S. education system responded by expanding the amount of education, first by making high school available to the masses in the early 1900s and then by expanding opportunities to earn college degrees through the “college for all” movement in the 1960s.
Now a third wave in education and training has arrived, argue economists, educators, and workforce-development officials. The level of preparation that worked in the first two waves by adding more time to education early in life is not sufficient in the 21st-century economy. Instead the third wave will likely be a hybrid of a lifelong, continuous liberal arts and technical education that allows workers to better navigate the ambiguity of the future job market.
Read the full piece in The Atlantic.