Knowledge vs Labour Worker
The education system needs to stop creating labor workers with limited skill sets that are no longer in demand by the workforce and are being replaced by apps and softwares. It is high time that education transforms to become personalized and individual to induce creativity, problem-solving, and self-learning, and create knowledge workers who will be the backbone of the future economy and ensure that the Age of Information thrives as the industrial economy did.
We all know how important getting a good education is. We are told from a young age that if we want to succeed in life, we need to get good grades, go to a good school and get a good job. And for many years, this formula has worked like a charm. But times have changed and the world is changing faster than ever before. The old rules no longer apply and if we want our children to succeed in this new millennium, we need to change the way we think about education.
The problem is that our current education system was designed for an industrial economy, not an information economy. In an industrial economy, jobs were based on physical labor or working with your hands. This meant that people needed only basic literacy skills and could be trained relatively easily for specific tasks. But in an information economy, jobs are based on knowledge and creativity – they require mental rather than physical labor. This means that people need higher level thinking skills in order to be successful in their careers.
Sadly, our education system has not kept up with these changes. Students are still being taught mostly rote memorization with little critical thinking or creativity encouraged. They are being prepared for jobs that simply do not exist anymore or will soon be replaced by automation (such as factory work) instead of jobs that will be in high demand in the future (such as software engineering). This is why we see so many young graduates struggling to find work despite having completed college – they simply don't have the skillset required for today's workforce.
So what can we do? It is time for a radical transformation of our education system – one that emphasizes individuality, creativity and critical thinking over conformity; one where learning is personalized rather than one-size-fits-all; one where students are encouraged to take risks instead of playing it safe; one where mistakes are seen as opportunities rather than failures; one where learning never stops but continues throughout our lives. Only then can we hope to create truly innovative thinkers who will lead us into the future – those elusive "knowledge workers" who will form the backbone of tomorrow's economy