Education As The Bridge Between Eras

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In the mid-1800s, when operating steam-driven machines required a skilled workforce, education helped the working class emerge from a period of stagnation. Later, high school helped ease the transition from the farm to the factory and office. We find ourselves straddling two eras again. The world economic forum estimates that sixty-five percent of children today will end up in careers that do not exist yet.

So here we are again. Education must emerge as the bridge between eras. It must ensure that those educated embody the qualities and competencies essential to life in a society different than our industrial past.

Yet, as this Article states, the pandemic forced an aggressive move to digital, but it was a replica of what was done before. According to Justin Reich, director of the MIT teaching systems lab, very few places saw structural changes to how they organize schooling. That’s a problem, as the current learning and education paradigm were built for a different era. In a world where information and knowledge are abundant, dumping information is still the core of our education and learning system. The article referenced above explores the challenges with transforming education.

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  1. The article “Education as the Bridge Between Eras” brings up an often looked over topic, the transition of education as years pass. The article specifically brings up the changes from the past two generations. Depending what part of the country you were in during the 1800s, after basic primary school you were taught things that would help you with farm related work. As industrial jobs became more and valuable, education would transition. People were now taught skills that would prepare them for a production line in a factory. This status quo would change again as office jobs became more and more prevalent. The same can be said about today’s education. This past decade has been all about giving children the technology skills needed to keep up and improve the future. I am someone who has experienced firsthand. By 3rd grade, laptops were implemented into my daily curriculum. I went from learning how to write cursive to being instructed to play typing games on my laptop. Nowadays, kids are giving technology even earlier. The change was gradual 10 years ago but now it’s much more sudden. An
    Interesting fact bought up in the article is a statistic stated by the “World Economic Forum”. The statistic stated that 65% children today will end up in careers that do not exist today. This truly shows how even though we are working to prepare our youth for the future, things are changing so fast that we don’t know what to do really. Statistics like these have led to action to ensure that the youth is as ready as they possibly can be. This change isn’t just a national trend, its global as well. Funding for education technology startups around the world has nearly tripled in the last two years. Seeing the world come together as well as compete to become the most advanced creates positive competition in my opinion. Each country trying to stay up to date also leads to efficiency since now countries will be on similar playing fields, meaning that getting things done will be easier. There might still be a language barrier, but the technology barrier would be lessened.

  2. Education has always been a necessary piece of the puzzle in the United States for our workforce, technological advances, economy, and more. Frank Diana, the author of this article, “Education as the Bridge Between Eras,” argues that the education system has to continue to grow and evolve at the same rate that the world is expected to progress. A statistic that Diana included from the World Economic Forum stated that sixty-five percent of children will eventually have careers that do not even exist yet. While this seems like a mind-blowing prediction, it actually aligns with the way the world has evolved in the past generation and will evolve through every generation from now on. School systems have to keep up with this inevitable evolution and people need to understand that certain things need to change. Diana mentioned an article that talked about how a high school principal that bought physical textbooks – despite the majority of the classes adjusting to digital materials – in order to please the parents when they would visit because it is what they expected. This is a very clear example of why there needs to be a “bridge between eras.” Older generations have to understand that in order for current students to excel in the future, their present needs to be more updated than the older generations’ past.
    I have two younger brothers and have seen personally how much the school system has updated in my town technologically. Unlike my brothers, I can easily remember a time in school before we all had our own personal laptops and before assignments had to be handed in on any other format than paper. Since my brothers and I are only a few years apart, we have had different technological experiences, but we are still all in this same digital era together. Therefore, I am more understanding as I see their curriculum shifting almost completely to digital. In this article, I think Diana is arguing that people of older “eras” need to be more open-minded about this concept of ever-evolving school system. Jobs that were thought of as skill-specific and difficult just twenty years ago can be easily completed by a high school student because of the way that technology has grown and taught in school. In twenty years, the things that I learned about computers and their capabilities in high school will be obsolete and will be taught to students at an earlier stage of school. The general takeaway from this article is that technology will never stop improving, so older generations need to be understanding and willing to accept that fact.

  3. This article did a great job of putting into perspective the importance of keeping the education system up to date so that it can better prepare students for the ever evolving workforce. When author Frank Diana opened the article by mentioning how it is estimated that sixty-five percent of children today will end up in careers that do not exist yet, it got me thinking about all of the jobs and industries that have been created, just in the time since I started school. The emergence of the electric car industry, headlined by companies such as Tesla, has created a multitude of new careers within the automotive industry. This has created a demand for employees with the skills necessary to work in the industry, resulting in many mechanics abandoning their traditional automotive skills to learn technical skills for aspects such as batteries and circuit boards. Another area that has grown since I started school is the renewable energy movement, which has opened up career opportunities in both solar and wind energy.
    The transition to electric vehicles in the automotive industry is just a small example of the way technological advancements have forced people to adjust their education process. The article mentions how the Covid-19 pandemic caused an aggressive digital movement as the majority of the country was forced to work and/ or attend school virtually. While this transition happened abruptly and without much time to prepare, it ultimately expedited the evolution process we would’ve seen in the near future. Teaching kids how to learn and work in a virtual environment will continue to be an increasingly important skill as the article mentions the possibility of future events, such as pandemics or natural disasters, that would inhibit in person learning.
    Another aspect of this article that resonated with me was when Diana explained the part of the bridge that leads to hirings based on skills instead of credentials. I always felt that the job should go to the most skilled and qualified employee as opposed to someone with a fancier title. A transition to this type of hiring would inspire a stronger work ethic among individuals, knowing that they will be rewarded for the skills they learn and develop. Overall, what I took from this article is that the foundation for the bridge between eras is education, and it is important that students are taught how to operate in an increasingly digital world.

  4. The article “Education as the Bridge Between Eras” by Frank Diana, discusses the issue regarding the current education system. The education system and ways students are taught have been relatively similar in the past century. The pandemic caused students to be taught in a completely different manner, as students across the country were forced to be educated virtually. Due to this new virtual setting becoming a reality is not just the classroom, but the workplace as well, it brings new possibilities for future jobs. With this in mind, the article suggests how we need to adapt the system we use to educate because 65% of children today will end up in careers that are not known today. I completely agree with the philosophy of building and preparing students for the future, but I think some elements of this have already been shown. Students nowadays have access to computers and modern-day technology at the highest rate in history, so we are doing a good job bringing awareness and attention to the importance of learning to use these devices. It is our job to educate our youth on the importance of technical skills because these skills will be used in future careers, as the days of pen and paper have been evaporating. As a Gen-Z member, I have seen this in effect. In 5th grade, our school purchased iPads to teach us certain lessons. My classmates and I all thought it was so awesome and crazy because no other grade got to use iPads. These iPads were being introduced and were only allowed in the classroom. Fast forward about 8 years later where we are today, students in my town 1-12th grade have take-home computers provided to them by the school. Many of the future jobs that are uncertain will most likely contain this sort of knowledge, so it is encouraging many schools to start to educate students on these skills at a young age. The main change that should be made is the use of pen and paper because many teachers hand out papers and require students to complete work using paper. This way of learning in the past and we should prepare our future leaders at a young age to get comfortable with performing all assignments online. The future has plenty of uncertainty, but adapting our education system to best prepare our youth for the uncertain future is a necessity to see future success.

  5. The article, “Education As The Bridge Between Eras,” argues that the development of the education system is lagging quite a bit behind the development of the working world. For a long time, the educational system was designed to educate students so that they would have the necessary knowledge and skills for their professional lives and be able to participate in social and political life. This worked for a long time because we knew what professions we were training students for and how social life was organized. What we can observe through digitalization, however, is a change in all aspects of life. A change that is taking place so quickly that many people are having difficulty keeping up with it. The core principle of our school is thus being put to an extremely tough test. The rapid digital transformation of the working world means that many students will one day pursue professions that do not yet exist – professions that make completely different, multi-layered demands in terms of creativity or personal responsibility than many professions we know today. In the article, for example, it is mentioned that about 65 percent of the students will pursue a profession later in life that does not even exist now. The values that are taught in our schools and the skills that are taught to students must adapt to this change to some extent. This is the only way to ensure that students are optimally prepared for their lives – both private and professional. By adapting our teaching methods, training teachers, and using technology in a sensible way, we can prepare them in a better way.

  6. It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life as we once knew it, education being no exception. The article mentioned how the shift in education methods have had different effects on different social classes. In the case of academics, children in lower income families took a significantly larger hit as a result of online learning in more ways than one. The article points out an inability to access educational materials, wifi, computers, laptops, iPads, etc, rendering them incapable of continuing their education for the remainder of lock down. In addition to this, many high school athletes competing for scholarships to help pay for their education also lost out on an entire recruiting season. While this may seem insignificant to some, many of these children and their families were reliant of some level of athletic assistance in order to pay for all or some of their continued education.

    Another point I found interesting was how despite the shift to online/hybrid methods of learning, the overall educational structure remained the same. “What was crazy about the pandemic is that through blood, sweat and tears, educators’ kind of built an exact digital replica of what they were doing before”. As a student during the pandemic, I can attest to this statement. Essentially, the only difference in class structure was that you were at home. However, because students were learning from home, a place with endless distractions, this format became more difficult to learn in. What is shocking to me is that unless this system is “smashed” the chances of this ‘standard format’ of learning (both online and in the class room) is unlikely to change. That being said, there are a few forward thinkers who are pushing for change.

    MIT researcher Justin Reich mentioned how the classroom of the future needs to be flexible and able to move around. Aside from the likelihood of natural disasters, future pandemics, and other unforeseen variables, constant access to the classroom could allow students to partake in other opportunities while also earning an education. An example of this could be taking a trip abroad with your family for an extended period of time. Not only would the student get an opportunity to explore a different culture, they could do it without skipping a beat back home. Another case would be students diagnosed with sever illnesses who are hospital bound. These students would be able interact with their friends, keep up with school, and receive the treatments they need.

    Overall, this article really opened my eyes, not only to the issues with the current education system, but the possibilities that lie ahead. In fact, I was somewhat windblown that despite all of societies advances in other realms, education has remained somewhat stagnant. Seeing as how kids are the future, I would have thought there would be a greater push to make it as ‘up to date’ as possible.

  7. Overall, this article brought up many valuable points about our education system today and how it needs to evolve. The way we used to learn by pouring information into students and having them regurgitate is not suitable for today’s society. As the article stated, we live in a world where information is easily attainable. This is why I believe that the core of our education system drastically needs to change. Instead of prioritizing, memorizing, and reiterating information, we need to reshape the system by valuing the understanding of information. When I was in high school, I remember how none of the information stuck. After the test, everyone would forget about it until finals at the end of the year. This was because we just memorized. I also think that the education system needs to use all the advancements in digital learning gained through the pandemic and implement them into the core of schooling. I have noticed that many schools, including my high school, have gone back to the old way of education. It would be really beneficial to have school virtually during inclement weather and other situations where you cannot attend in person. I think washing away all the remarkable strides our education system has made towards being more digital would be a huge mistake. In addition to just learning online, textbooks need to be transferred to digital to make it easier for the students. Even though the education system is taking some significant steps forward by increasing funding for educational technology, more could be done. One improvement that could be made is changing the curriculum as a whole. Like I said before, our education system needs to teach less memorization and more understanding. This will overall improve the quality of education. Another thing that could be done is to increase the funding even more for schools. At this point in society, not having technology in the classroom is a major disadvantage because it will not prepare you for the real world. In today’s world, technology is constantly being used in all aspects of our lives. This is why the funding needs to drastically increase so all schools can access technology and digital learning platforms. All in all, this article made me realize that our education system needs to switch from teaching students for the present to teaching students for the future.

  8. Accurately predicting the future is an impossible feat; how we react to events that occur is the best we can do. For instance, when the Covid-19 Pandemic forced the world into a lockdown, the ability for places like businesses and schools to react is what kept them running. When thinking about the way in which schools are structured, it is almost surprising that they were able to adapt so quickly, changing their operations during the Pandemic, considering they have not (or minimally) changed their structure since their introduction. According to the article, when schools were first founded, their soul purpose was to prepare people for factory work. Now, in a world where work environments, and even life in general is constantly changing, is it such a good idea to keep the same education regimen that was used nearly 200 years ago? In the authors opinion, and in my opinion, the answer is no. I believe this because the jobs schools prepared students for in the mid-1800s are simply being taken by AI and automated devices. Nowadays, the pool of available jobs is vastly different from those of the 1800s, and will only continue to differentiate more and more as time progresses. So again, why can’t schools change to better prepare student for the future? Its not like change is impossible: all schools were forced to, and successfully changed just a year ago. The author of this article, Frank Diana does offer some remedy to this issue of stagnancy. He believes that if schools were catered more to the right-side of the brain, which is responsible for creativity and arts, instead of the left-side of the brain, which is responsible for things like math and sciences, we will progress. Diana also says that school days should be shorter, with more room for extracurriculars, and that student should be able to pick subjects to specialize in. Making room for creativity to flow and for kids to actually learn and specialize in their intended futures are great solutions to the ongoing schooling problems, and hopefully can be taken into account in the near future.

  9. This article says it all. Communications, transportation, jobs, problems, and businesses have changed, yet education is the same. The world is changing faster than it has ever changed, and education has to keep up. Soft skills and the ability to code are taking over the market. The market requires everything that schools don’t ask students to do; leadership, creativity, coding, effective communication, critical thinking, and suitability are just a tiny part of an extensive list of things schools have to start focusing on now. I still believe that there are many things that the current system is doing that are positive, but I do think that significant changes must begin to happen now. Many studies have been done on brain efficiency, and most of them haven’t been used. The article states that “the world economic forum estimates that sixty-five percent of children today will end up in careers that do not exist yet.” What are we doing to face the future in the best way? We need schools to put innovation as one of their main focuses. Students must be able to create new things. Schools must enhance creativity in kids from a young age.

    Education is the most potent weapon humans have to do change; it has been proved countless times, for good and for bad. Hitler used the school system to manipulate young people; the UK changed its education system during the industrial revolution to have more productive people. The difference between those times and now is that today we don’t need to educate more employees; we need more bosses, and people in power don’t like that, which is why the system hasn’t changed. The new generations starting with Millenials, are generations made to be bosses, autonomous people. And Millenials are the ones that have to begin the change because, before them, most people don’t like the change.

  10. After reading the article, “Education as The Bridge Between Eras” by Frank Diana, I agree on how the education system should be kept up to par with the growing and evolving demand of the workforce. I was aware that there would be an amass of new jobs in the future that would require the proper education, but I’m glad I stumbled upon this article because this confirms that 65 percent of our children will have jobs that don’t even exist yet. I’m very curious to see what those new jobs could be because the human race evolves quickly. Back then in the 1800s which was referred to as the American Industry era, men’s education primarily revolved around preparing them for jobs on production lines or farms, etc. Our country did a good job as the article stated with transitioning into a digital platform to continue providing education to our youth and not letting the Corona virus affect the education system harshly. Especially school districts that gave children Chromebooks and other resources to continue to receive an education. As the future grows nearer every day, there will be new methods of completing a task in a much more simpler and efficient manner than in the past. The bridge that lets us keep up with eras is the constantly upgraded education the human race receives. For example, growing up everything consisted of a pen and paper for me. From studying, homework, and classwork until about the end of middle school and high school when we would implement technology into our education. Taking classes that involved using applications like Quizlet, excel, and google made learning much more simplistic. Now seeing my two brothers growing up using technology from the get-go, especially during the pandemic, I wonder what jobs will be available for them when they’re older.

  11. This article explores our education system and how our education “must prepare individuals for the world that is, not the one that was.” Researchers from MIT have begun to realize that our current education system is not what it needs to be. As technology has become more abundant in our everyday lives the ability to have knowledge, to a certain extent, is no long what our education programs need to teach in schools. The researchers claim that schools need to start focusing on interpersonal relationships; preparing us for the world to come. This concept was very interesting and I started to think about my education program in high school. My classes of biology and such, what was the need for me to learn solubility rules, when in the real world I will be able to just look them up? Of course, I believe there are some exceptions such as becoming a doctor, or personal trainer where it is important to focus on learning about the human body and how it works. Yet, at the end of the day if we don’t have good interpersonal skills the knowledge that we were taught in high school is almost useless. This is especially evident in my business law class at Seton Hall University. I am able to do the research and know all of the facts, but I always struggle to express my knowledge with the rest of the class. A flaw with my interpersonal skills that my professor always points out is my use of the word “like” when I am talking. The lack of interpersonal skills that my high school has supplied me with has caused me to develop bad interpersonal habits. While I do believe that we should be taught that same classes that we have been taught in high schools for hundreds of years. It is important to incorporate interpersonal skills into the lessons being taught to prepare us for our future.

  12. The article explains how we are in a state that our system of education is slowly changing due to the pandemic and the advancement of technology. In the past, education has changed from learning how to farm, then learning how to operate a machine, and now learning to work in an office. Now, in the present, what careers are going to evolve today? The pandemic has drastically changed our education from learning in person and now through zoom and teams. Unfortunately, a number amount of students are not smoothly transitioning through this switch. Students’ work ethic has decreased, and they have little to no motivation to continue with school. Learning in front of a screen is not always the best option, so we have to figure out how to teach as efficiently as if we are still in the classroom. The article states how researchers need to advance in education through technology, so if we cannot learn in the classroom, we have the option to learn through a screen.
    Through the rise of demand for technology, careers will most likely emerge for advanced technology. The article states, “…estimates that sixty-five percent of children today will end up in careers that do not exist yet” (1, Diana). New careers will evolve and emerge from the pandemic, while technology will become more advanced. Although educators will teach in person, we will spend a number of our learning through the screen. During this era, we continue to learn more about this new wave of learning and how this can benefit this new incoming generation. Of course, transitioning from in-person to learning through a screen is not going to be simple. Yet if researchers find a method to allow this new learning to be efficient, education will be more advanced than ever. Through the course of the pandemic, the use of technology has risen, which means we need to continue to build and produce new ways of learning. In conclusion, we are living through a new wave of learning through technology, and to be successful, researchers will have to produce new and efficient methods of learning for students.

  13. This article references a major shift that is very glaring. The way in which things took place in the past and the way that they do now are completely different and to think that they would remain the same as simply ludicrous. The world is ever evolving and with that the evolution of jobs and careers also takes place, meaning the preparation for these jobs and careers must evolve as well. The statistics stated in the article just shows that we honestly don’t have any idea what the future holds for the youth of today when it comes to their jobs and careers so thinking that teaching in the same way that we’ve been doing for centuries will continue to be relevant in their lives is not necessarily smart. Taking a look at today and the difference in how people learn and how they learned in the past there is a glaring difference from things like technology, to other advanced forms of learning. Lots of knowledge that people spent years studying in the past can be learned within hours with a simple YouTube search today. Kids nowadays live in a completely different world than the kids of the past decade and have different experiences. For example, speaking about 9/11 now is basically the same as giving a history lesson, because even the college students of today have absolutely no memory of the events that took place on that day happening. This is a minor example of the differences that exist between the old generation of learning and the generation that exists currently. Preparing children for the future now may be harder than ever because we simply do not know what to expect career-wise from the next wave of jobs and innovations that surface in the world. Technological advancement will continue to create more innovative and efficient ways of working then we are a custom to now, the evolution of all of the factors that play a part in the future surrounding jobs is completely up in the air, we simply do not know exactly what will come of the advancements that take place.

  14. Our deeply flawed education system has stayed stagnant for far too long. As we descend further and further into the digital age, the old format of knowledge based learning is too archaic to get the youth ready for the future. As the article mentions, “nearly sixty-five percent of children today will end up in careers that do not exist yet,” a startling statistic considering how badly the current system fosters the abilities necessary to adapt. We are at the cusp of exponential improvement of technology, so focusing on remembering dates, memorizing formulas, and knowing the names of presidents from an age passed, will become increasingly more and more useless as the job market evolves with those advancements. The pandemic has shown us just how difficult it is for the education system to adapt on short notice. Major reform will be needed. Reich’s insight on the potential dangers that will exist in the world more frequently suggests that, not just education, but society itself will need to reformat itself to accommodate for the increasingly volatile environment we live in. Nations around the world, although primarily those in the Nordic region of Europe, are slowly adopting education systems that revolve more around extra-curriculars and experience building activities. This is due to the rising demand in experienced individuals over educated ones. MBAs are less valuable now than ever, and that trend seems to not be disappearing anytime soon. To that end, America needs to get with the times. We have long been the technological innovators of the world, yet the basic systems that exist in our country are barely up to the modern standard. Not just education, but we are slowly falling behind the rest of the developed world in many areas: welfare, healthcare, criminal justice, and many more. While in part this is due to the political situation, it can also be attributed to the stagnant nature of the systems currently in place. Public education does not receive enough funding for the government to even begin to develop, a problem that needs to be quickly addressed if we hope to break out of our stagnation. For that, larger, more radical government reform needs to take place. Right now there are too many variables that are slowing down the various government processes. Instead of working together to benefit the nation, America is currently too preoccupied selfishly fighting itself to actually move forward with any meaningful change. As unfortunate as it is, that is the reality that we currently live in. I just hope that we can soon break out of that cycle and actually progress at the rate that the most powerful 1st world nation should be moving at.

  15. This article illustrates just how important the education system is and how necessary it is to imbue the youth of society with useful skills to succeed in the workforce, but it also highlights one of the biggest problems in schools today, which is the fact that school systems change over time and our current schooling system might be a bit outdated. This is a common thought not just held by MIT professors, but with students across the country and myself. There are curriculums that have classes which could be seen as unnecessary to the common student or impractical towards the future American workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic did help make schools make necessary steps to make school more digitized, as it seems that the workforce is becoming more and more tech savvy by the day, but there needs to be more steps in order to truly mold students to be contributors to the future of America. One idea I wrote of in an essay in English class freshman year was to let students have more classes that can be applicable to common activities as well as the workforce from an early age, such as classes that improve conversational skills. In my personal opinion, these classes would create much more capable and creative minds that the future of America could depend on.

  16. The article states how different eras are bridged through education. As we see in history, workforces changed from farming, to factories to the office. It’s almost like a pattern of change that happens as technology advances. The kids that are in school now are going to have jobs that don’t currently exist. We can’t predict the future, but we do know what happened before will happen again. Now with the covid 19 pandemic, we see how people are transitioning to a virtual workplace. There will be more zoom and online team meetings. It’s inevitable that change will continue to happen. With that being said education is extremely important. It must almost predict what qualities the workforce will need in the future. Education must evolve to keep up with the new times. Not only will new jobs be created, but old ones eliminated or unnecessary. Factory jobs will be replaced by robots, and cashiers are replaced by self checkout. I believe that education will slowly change to meet our needs in the future.

  17. It seems that the education system today is highly built on memorizing instead of the enhancement of skill,

    We see in this article that education is evolving as well as labor expectations in the future. Which in essence should enable us to finally move to a different style of curriculum which enhances “critical thinking and critical researching”. These skills are essential for one to analyze and act efficiently in many predicaments.

  18. This post was eye-opening, with the effects and threat of the COVID-19 pandemic still looming over the head of education, it seemed that maybe we were making some processes. For most schools and institutions, the transition from in-person to online was mainly smooth, and many students preferred the online education over that of the traditional in-person. I personally, saw my grades and GPA rise during the pandemic; however, I have to be honest in admitting that the ability to use the internet had played a large role in my success. Yet, I agree with the statements made in the article. It is absurd to believe that there will ever be a time when a student cannot just take out their cellphones, tablets, or laptops and just Google the answers. The internet is embedded within the fibers of the 21st century whether we like it or not. The American school system relies so heavily on textbook and test scores but neglects to move forward with the rest of society. The current system focuses more on what a child remembers than what they have actually learned. It teaches the past and neglects to look toward the future.
    When one actually takes the time to step back and observe the American education system, it is easy to see that every step forward yields three steps back. It would be foolish and naive to believe that today’s children are being instilled with the tools necessary for tomorrow’s world. There is so much research to suggest that the American education system is flawed, yet we ignore it due to a lack of evidence. The article talks about how we need to embrace the role of technology in modern education. Yet, the parents of old find it difficult to move away from the education system they despise so much. I need more than two hands to count the number of times that my parents have told me that the education system has not failed them, so why change it. It is unfair to compare their education to anyone else. They simply fail to acknowledge thousands of people and children that the education system did fail. The system is fundamentally broken, so instead of trying to fix it, government and voting citizens need to focus on creating a new one. Leave textbooks behind and switch to tablets, which is more environmentally friendly. Forget standardized tests and quizzes. Start school later in the day. If one can barely function as an adult at 6 or 7 in the morning, why do we expect a 16-year-old child to do it? There is a significant amount of discussion in legislation about the pitfalls of the American education system, yet discussion is all it remains to be. Very little is being done to address these issues and because of that, society and government will continue to fail today’s and tomorrow’s children. It is impossible to teach the future if we fail to learn from the past.

  19. The fundamental value of education is to provide the country with talents with lofty beliefs, noble morals, honesty and law-abiding, exquisite skills, knowledgeable talents, and multiple abilities, cultivate and nurture the labor force needed for economic and social development, train qualified citizens, and serve the country. Create scientific knowledge and material wealth for home and society, promote economic growth, promote national prosperity, promote human development, and promote world peace and human development.

    The social function of education mainly refers to the effect of education on social development. The development level of productivity restricts the development level of education, and education promotes the development of social productivity. Education plays an important role in social politics and economy. Education is an integral part of culture, and education plays an important role in the inheritance and development of culture; the influence of economy and politics on education is often reflected through the development of culture. Education also has national and regional characteristics.

  20. Since the beginning of the education system in the United States there has always been a large emphasis on memorizing data rather than analyzing it. There has always been a purpose for education- for instance- preparatory work for a certain career. As the world is growing more advanced in technology, however, and careers have shifted from a traditional one task job, it is important that the education provided for these careers match the tasks that need to complete. With technology we have access to so many resources and facts online. Rather than simply memorizing this information, the modern school system focuses on problem solving and deep thinking towards the issue at hand. It is no longer enough to just know dates, equations, concepts, etc. but to have the ability to work through complex issues by applying what you know.
    In addition, as the article implied about a newer world of digital methods, the pandemic caused many business and careers to maintain a more virtual presence. This switch requires individuals to be fluent in technology and trouble shooting issues. As stated earlier, as the world continues to evolve it is important that education does too. The traditional western classroom that divided students into rows often with classmates similar, newer models encourage collaboration and discussion among students. Thinking about this model in comparison with increased technology it will be interesting to see how the upcoming generation adapts to different social ques and norms. Schools should be teaching how to interact, share, and learn with and from others. This is a skill that is required for nearly every career and everyday life. One of the largest disconnects in the modern education system is that of students and their peers. Through teaching conversation, relationships are formed. It is those relationships that will impact a child/adult’s thoughts, beliefs, and experiences.

  21. When it comes to the American workforce and our advances within technology or health, education has been at the forefront since the beginning. Frank Diana, the author of this article, “Education as the Bridge Between Eras,” puts in perspective how important it is for education to stay relevant to the times so students across America can be better suited for the rapidly evolving workforce. No one truly knows where the jobs are going to come up nowadays, so if educators can tailor their teaching plans to the relevant topics in today’s world will make for a better workforce in the future rather than using outdated textbooks. This can be backed up when Diana states, “estimates that sixty-five percent of children today will end up in careers that do not exist yet.” That made me think about the jobs that will be available to myself when I graduate in a year and then go after my masters in two years. With the emergence of the electric car industry booming has created new automotive careers as people will now have to learn how to build them and fix them up as well as creating parts. The more and more technology advances in different industries makes industries demand a new workforce that is capable of different skill sets. When I started college data analytics was just beginning to get huge as it was a new way for businesses to track everything, they did to get the most profit they could.
    It is crazy how I can look back to my early education days in sixth grade and being one of five classrooms to have a smartboard. Nowadays every classroom from first to twelfth grade seems to have a smartboard and now every kid gets their own laptop provided by the school as I saw my brother using one the past two years. These are a couple examples on how the education system is staying up to date with the world and the evolving workforce getting kids used to electronics at a younger age than the graduates before them. Many jobs in the future will need their employees to be comfortable with electronic skills so teaching students how to use excel will only help companies in the future. As the article did mention about the pandemic that has gone on for the past couple years only makes educators and students even more reliable on technology. The workforce now is even starting to work from home full time or split office time and home time so learning to do everything from a device will be extremely helpful in the future. Having students that are coming out of school with plenty of skills companies can use will make the workforce even stronger as companies will not need to waste time training them anymore. You can have all the achievements/credentials in the world but not having the skills will put you and the company behind as training costs time and money. The overall message I was able to get was that the education system needs to stay up to date with what is taking companies by storm right now. It is technology, not old textbooks that the students’ professors have been using since they were in school. If schools can prepare the next generation with adapting to an increasing digital world the possibility of jobs created could be endless.

  22. The author of this article, Frank Diana, does a great job getting his point across regarding the major flaws in the education system. In summary, this article discusses how jobs and careers for future generations are constantly changing as the years go by. There are consistently new jobs that are being created as our society progresses and with that, that means that some jobs are no longer needed. Because of this, it is the obligation of the school systems to create this “bridge” over to this new era by adapting to these changes and providing kids with the skillsets that their futures demand. Even if the changes are sudden, like COVID-19, these schools must make an effort, by not only adapting, but teaching their students how to adapt and be ready. I really agreed with a lot of the points that Frank Diana brought up in this article, especially the ones where he talked about how students should be able to decide their own classes as they get older and teachers need to keep up with the times. All through high school, even during my senior year, I always had at least one teacher who almost refused to adapt to the modern times and actually learn how to teach from a technological perspective. Despite the times of being fully remote, these specific teachers refused to figure out how to assign us our work virtually and went as far as mailing out physical assignments to everyone. These were all individuals who were roughly in their fifties, so they were still very much in time to catch up with the advancements. Also, when it comes to students being able to choose their classes I could not agree more. In high school I was one thousand percent sure that I wanted to pursue a career in business within my future, yet I was still forced to take classes like art. As someone who knew what they wanted to do, the only thing I could say was that these classes were really good at wasting my time, especially when I could have used that time towards a class of my choice that would have actually been beneficial to my future. Not only was it impossible to actually find the motivation to complete work in these classes, but when they were finished there was nothing of actual significance that I could have taken away from them. By the educational system making these changes it might be difficult at first but it will definitely work in favor of students’ future outcomes.

  23. This article hits very close to home for me. The prediction that 65% of the careers that children will hold in the future do not exist yet is part of what keeps me up at night. For context, I am pushed so heavily by my parents to be an accounting major by my parents to be an accountant and work a “safe reliable career”. This frightens me as the article iterated, The world regularly every century or so encounters a different era where the skills demanded of the work force go through a revolution. The question that this raises for me initially is how could I as a young adult with aspirations to be successful accurately predict ahead of time the skills that will be required of me to be successful? And if I can do that, how do I effectively learn these skills? To Start off I believe that a lot of the practical uses of college and K-12 education are effectively already useless in this day and age. It is crucial that us young people comprehend that the ability to think critically and find new ways to solve new problems we’ve never encountered before will be the most important factors in our success in the world. The article also goes on to say that there will be more distractions in our broader earthly life in the near future. This brings me to the conclusion that adaptability to new environments, situations and problems will probably be the second most crucial skill for the future generation of the world. Charles Darwin once said that “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one most adaptable to change”. Charles Darwin was by no means at all a saint, but I do believe that he is one hundred percent correct in this quote. The very thesis of the Article that we will not be able to predict what skill sets the future will require from people, suggests that individuals with strong senses of adaptability will be in the best position to succeed. Personally, I believe that if I take adaptability, Critical thinking, and outside of the box thinking towards unknown problems as soft skills into my future, I can find success regardless of the relevance of my degree.

  24. This article discusses the fact that education is falling behind as the world changes. Education is now much more old school as the world is modernizing and changing around it. In the article, they estimate 65% of jobs that students end up working in haven’t even been created yet. The pandemic forced everything to become much more technological when the world wasn’t ready or prepared for that. The education world hasn’t changed like the world around it has. They need to incorporate more technology so students can be prepared for the real world.

  25. Quite frankly the method of teaching has been the same for years and in my opinion, it isn’t going to change without a fight. Let us be honest, teachers love to teach about a topic briefly and then test on that topic within the same week. This how the school system has been working for years and is not just going to change in orderly fashion. “To build a classroom for the future” as Chris Taylor calls it, we need to understand that not every student learns the same, teachers explain topics the same way for everyone and disregards any other method of learning. With this method of teaching, it is rare that students retain the information that is being taught to them because they are so busy cramming for the test the night before. Technology is a new way we can connect to the children of this generation instead of giving them a textbook and flipping through it. Yes, textbooks are useful at times or most times, but it is becoming outdated, and technology will soon take over for old textbooks. Teachers have to connect with students on an emotional level also, students need real connection with educators. Often, we forget that these kids are the futures of our nation. Students are conditioned mentally on what they think school should be like, we shouldn’t want kids waking up sad and upset that they have to learn new things. They should be excited but unfortunately, they aren’t. Wake up times are harsh in most public high schools in the United States, we are telling our students to wake up at 6 am and be refreshed enough to learn for 6 hours. Later school times could be a great idea for schools, but school schedules and parent schedules often times don’t mix and the 7 am start time is probably what fits best for parents across the united states. In the article it states that 65 percent of students will end up being in careers that are not even created yet, which is absolutely mind boggling. This directly correlates to having to change teaching methods of the past and start to develop and use new ones that can help the youth. Students are rarely curious anymore or excited to read, they are all caught up in their cell phones or tablets. So as parents, educators and people who care about the future of our country, we need to work together to find a solution to the problems that are causing this hardship which is the old way of teaching students.

  26. The article “Education As The Bridge Between Eras” written by Frank Diana, explains how our current education has not been helping children become prepared for their future. According to the World Economic Forum, an estimated 65% of children be receiving careers that are not even around today because of the rapid growth in technological advancements. The article also explains how during the Covid pandemic lockdown, all educators did was make a digital replication of what they did before. Research shows that during this time, there was nearly no structural change in how educators organized schooling. I thought that the author of the article made a great point about how technology cannot solely change and transform education. The article suggests that educators should be more open-minded about the use of online education. Since there will be more issues in the future related to climate change and pandemic events, kids should be able to have the option of working from home for short periods of time.

    From my personal view, I think that kids who are in high school should be able to pick the classes that they want to take. High school students should not be forced to learn certain subjects when they are not going to put what they learned into use in the future. I also agree with the author’s argument in the article when he talks about how schools should begin to adapt to online learning so that kids will be more prepared for their future and the evolving digital world. Although these changes may take some time before they are put into place, they are necessary for students’ success. Our current education systems have been failing elementary and high school students for decades and are in desperate need of change.

  27. The article, “Education as the Bridge Between Two Eras” first describes how through education, life has been able to adapt from working on a farm every day, to learning how to operate machines in a factory, and now to working in an office. Despite all of these lifestyle changes, the one thing that has remained constant is how people got these jobs – by obtaining an education to open more doors for themselves. Over the years, education has been influenced by technological changes that have given young adults the opportunity to take on jobs that have never existed before. For example, the article states that “The world economic forum estimates that sixty-five percent of children today will end up in careers that do not exist yet” (Diana 1). Who would have ever have guessed that being a social media influencer, drone operator, telemedicine physician, driverless car engineer, etc. could be an actual profession? All of these positions are a testament to the fact that technological innovations are on the rise, and that more and more jobs are opening up to people with the right skills and attitudes. Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s workplaces were forced to turn virtual; thus, igniting a change in how schools and jobs function.

    The continuing question that people may be asking is: what other careers are going to turn virtual as well? Although many corporations, businesses, schools, etc. are allowing their employees and students to come back to their usual day-to-day activities, they are also giving people the option to work remotely, and as for schools, they are allowing their students to take all of their courses fully online. Predicting the future is difficult; however, as technology advances will this become the norm? Yes, at times this way of life is convenient; yet, it does not support real learning, and working does not feel the same. Personally, I felt less motivated to do my work when I was taking my classes online and I could not learn or retain information as well as I did in person. Students are still adapting to learning from a computer screen, but it is the job of both researchers and educators to raise the level of education, whether it is in-person or not.

    I like what the article said: “Much like headwinds that stalled the energy transition through the years, education faces a similar challenge. Players with entrenched positions continue to resist. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that those positions may not be on as solid a foundation as they once were” (Diana 8). Change and new adaptations will continue to change the way we live every day. In order for that change to evolve, every person needs a proper educational background, and it may not be what we typically think an education looks like. For instance, instead of learning in a classroom, we will learn in a different setting. Overall, the article makes the claim that a good education gives individuals the proper skills they need to keep up with the rapidly changing times and meet the needs of what future jobs require. Relating this topic back to businesses, with new technologies and jobs comes new problems. For example, laws and regulations that have historically held things together in the past may not work in the future.

  28. This article was very interesting to read and made me think about education in a different way. Education has constantly evolved ever since the beginning of time seeing as though different skills and requirements are needed during different eras. The article describes how we are currently in between two eras and that, “The world economic forum estimates that sixty-five percent of children today will end up in careers that do not exist yet.” To me, that is an interesting concept to think about and it makes one wonder what these jobs could possibly be and why haven’t they been established already. Also, how will educators teach students the necessary skills and knowledge of a career that does not yet exist. Even the way education is delivered has changed throughout the years. Going to a classroom, having a physical textbook, chalkboards, and paper tests have been uncommon in recent years. Mostly because of the pandemic, kids were forced to go to remote learning and navigate through teaching themselves from a laptop. Essentially, education has gone from traditional in class to a digital platform which is in my opinion, part of why and how there will be new careers created. Referring to the statement earlier about most children ending up in careers that do not exist yet, I think that these careers will be based on the technological advances.
    This one sentence in the article stood out to me because it really emphasizes on the differences in education going from left to right brain, “It needs a focus on nurturing right brain characteristics and moving away from left-brain dominance.” Since the right brain is the creative side, it is an interesting change from the left brain which is more analytical. This shows the need for change in education because the times are changing to the point where kids need to learn how to think differently than before. This is probably due to the fact that the world is experiencing more natural disasters and strange phenomena like the pandemic, that require creative solutions or the ability to adapt easily. The leap from left to right brain exemplifies the drastic changes in the world and education. Overall, this was a very fascinating article to read that explained how we are entering into a new era and how changes in education will occur so that kids can keep up with the change in times successfully getting jobs that are not yet in existence.

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