If you stop long enough to look, you notice the world is changing fast. Pensions are gone, the corporate ladder is losing rungs by the day, and machines are quickly taking over any job that can be automated.
So how are we supposed to get our kids ready for this?
I can’t say I know the answer, but I know for sure that industrial machine that’s been churning out compliant little worker bees isn’t going do the trick for the next generation.
Parents are in for a huge disappointment if they think their kids can always at least push a broom, serve food out a drive-through window, or dig a ditch somewhere.
Change is scary, but it offers immense opportunity to those who embrace it. And it leaves behind those who fail, or refuse to see it coming.
So we see it coming. Now what?
It helps to understand the kind of skills that are prized in the super-connected, decentralized, ultra-efficient world that is being erecting around us.
Seth Godin has a great list of what he calls “Real Skills” here, and these are a few of my favorites:
- Decision making
- Eager participation
- Caring and being willing to change things
The existing system may lay a basic foundation, but it isn’t enough. Not for our kids. It’s our responsibility to get them ready, no one is going to do it for us.