FutureCurious Times 2017 2017 - Page 9

Article : education

1 / 2 of today ’ s kinder kids will be unemployable in 2030

“ Half of all children starting kindergarten this year have no chance of getting a job in 2030 , if we continue to educate them the way we currently are ”.

I n 2030 , 1 in 4 cars sold will be fully autonomous . Robots , Artificial Intelligence , Drones and Connected Cities will all be as ordinary as gas , electricity and water . Mobile phones , keyboards and mice will be relegated to museums and the notion of 9 – 5 Monday to Friday work will have given way to project and task-work done however , whenever and wherever it ’ s appropriate .

In 2030 the Australian population will have grown to 28,481,000 ( 23,972,800 today ), against a global population of 8,500,766 ( 7,349,472 today ). 1 in 5 Australian ’ s will be over 60 years old ; the ratio of workers to retirees will 3:1 ( 5:1 today ); the average Australian house will costs $ 3,000,000 ($ 658,608 today ) and the average household income will be $ 275,000 ($ 145,400 today ).
In 2030 India will have surpassed China as the most populous country on the earth ; America ’ s global dominance will have waned and the world ’ s middle class will have risen from 2.1 billion today to 4.9 billion , 66 % of whom will be living in Asia . It will be an era of lower global birth rates and of living longer and healthier lives .
In 2030 there will be too many human workers competing globally for too few jobs , with many of today ’ s routine jobs having been handed over to technology and in an ironical twist this new technology will be responsible for creating millions of new human jobs , tasks and careers .
This year ’ s kinder students will live to 120 , work into their 90 ’ s , undertake 2 simultaneous income producing activities at any one time in a lifetime of work that includes 6 careers and 14 jobs , undertaking tasks and working in industries that are yet to be discovered and if they are going to succeed in a 2030 world of work ” they will need to create their own work , not apply for it ”.
In 2030 Australian retention rates for completing Year 12 will be 90 % ( 83.6 % today ), but there will no written exams to mark the end of schooling , nor a single university score required to gain entry to higher education .
“ This is the world this years kindergarten starters will face when they enter the workforce , and it ’ s this world of vastly changed horizons that we must prepare them for ”
It will demand different of its workforce , as we see new careers rising including transhumanist designers , genome specialists , nano medics , machine linguists , gamification engineers amongst many others as well as the continuation of many of today ’ s trades and service careers , but what they do , how , where and when they do it will have all evolved – “ nothing then , will be as it is now !”.
Today ’ s education system however , backed by wellintentioned but short-sighted educators and parents , is still underpinned by an archaic industrial revolution model of teaching dominated by the 3R ’ s ( reading , writing and arithmetic – 2 of which don ’ t even begin with an “ R ”) that was right for an era where student outcomes , careers paths and choices industry were well-known .
In 2030 the 3R ’ s won ’ t work , they conspire to teach rigidity , uniformity , conformity and compliance . What today ’ s kindergarten students really need from us is to be inspired by the 3C ’ s of Collaboration , Creativity and Communication so that they can influence , innovate and change their world ahead .
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