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Choice Reads on Success, Failure & the Needed Skills for an Automated Future World

The latest in recommended curated titles, selected for teachers and parents too, who are curious about where the future is headed in the workforce and the world. We’re continually searching for encouraging, solution-oriented leaders to help us all shape, fuel and support our future leaders, both from the classroom and the home. More recommendations can be found on our Flipboard magazing under #EduroReads. Here’s what we’ve got this week:

Needed skills for the new -& emerging- economies
In an age of rapid automation (hey, that’s actually now!), there is still plenty of work to be done that robots can’t do.
And there’s more to come.

Much of this now-and-future work will absolutely rely on skills introduced to young children, in formative pre-school years.

Simple, but not simplistic, the article titled The Jobs of the Future – And Two Skills You Need to Get Them, by Simon Torkington of World Economic Forum notes:

Some may be surprised to learn that skills we develop in pre-school will be valued highly.”

The article goes on to share:
David Deming, associate professor of education and economics at Harvard University, argues that soft skills like sharing and negotiating will be crucial. He says the modern workplace, where people move between different roles and projects, closely resembles pre-school classrooms, where we learn social skills such as empathy and cooperation.”

Additionally, there’s some fascinating insights about how the rise of skill sets, rather than singular skills will be required. A fast read, with a helpful infographic:

David Deming's Infographic


Definitely,
click through and enjoy the whole post.

Parent-friendly read about a tough subject: Failure
Warm, funny and real, this is a pleasant & quick read that bravely shares a shift in perspective.
There’s a phrase the author mentions that helps take a lot of pressure completely away and it goes:

“If parenthood came with a GPS, it would mostly say: RECALCULATING.”

We won’t give away the story, but this phrase is the basis in a personal experience she shares. Nothing huge or dramatic, but a very real learning experience. Carolyn opens a discussion about how to measure the job of parenting, as in, how do we know when we’re doing a good job of parenting? How do we measure?

A particularly illuminating passage from an article titled: Teaching Children to Fail, found on Carolyn’s Corner:

“In our mistaken definition of a good parent, we have embraced this notion that good parenting is equal to protecting our children from all harm, including heaven forbid -the slim possibility that they might fail. By not allowing our children to fail, we are failing our children. By shielding them from temporary pain, we are making them permanent quitters. We seem to have forgotten that without struggle, there can be never be any progress. That our children need to go through embarrassing moments, so they can develop the gift of empathy.”

There’s plenty in this post we’ll be chewing on for awhile. Thanks Carolyn!

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