What is a Knowledge Economy?
As our world rapidly changes and becomes more complex, it's important that we prepare our children for the jobs of tomorrow. A key component of this is a knowledge economy, which relies on intellectual capabilities rather than physical inputs or natural resources. To become tomorrow's problem solvers and solution providers, we must equip future workers with logical and computational thinking skills.
The good news is that these skills can be learned at any age. Here are some tips for parents interested in IT for their children:
Encourage your child to ask questions and think critically about the world around them. Help them understand how things work and why they work the way they do.
Foster a love of learning in your child by exposing them to different topics and disciplines. Epistemic curiosity – an insatiable hunger for knowledge – is one of the most powerful predictors of success later in life.
Teach your child how to use technology responsibly and safely. With great power comes great responsibility – help them understand how to use technology ethically and protect themselves online.
Encourage your child to tinker with technology and explore its possibilities. Many adults shy away from new technologies out of fear of breaking something – but children are usually much less afraid to experiment. By encouraging them to play around with technology, you'll help them develop creative problem-solving skills that will be invaluable later on in life.