Posted on 08/19/2011 at 10:21 AM by Global Reach

Some startling statistics always help me to gain a more accurate perspective about the world our students will be competing in once they leave our high schools and colleges.  They make me wonder if our students will be ready to compete for the jobs that do not even exist yet.  Will they be ready to demonstrate the kind of initiative they will need to continue to learn the new skills that will be required to compete for jobs in the future? 

Do you ever think about the fact that:
1.    Immigration makes up 2/3rds of the U.S. population growth every year.
2.    The average 21st century American will spend more years caring for parents than children.
3.    A person without a high school diploma earns an average of $395-500 per week and no one can live on that.
4.    A person with a high school diploma earns between $500-650 per week and that is not much better.
5.    Students entering kindergarten this year will never know a world without blogs, wikis, tagging, texting, or genetic code
6.    In our lifetime we are seeing the development of DNA-based computers, wireless electricity, plastic for blood, and stem cells used to grow human organs.
7.    All top jobs will require some training past high school.
8.    65% of all jobs will require only a two-year degree.
9.    Students with greater computer/technology skills with have more opportunities for advancement and greater job security.
10.    Even high school dropouts who use technology at work earn about 15% more than those who do not.

Should the primary aim of education no longer be that our students just do well in school, but that they are truly prepared to do well in the lives they will lead outside of school?

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