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Schools Should be Playing Where the Puck is Going… NOT where it is.

Wayne Gretzky said a good hockey player plays where the puck is while a great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be

This aphorism came to mind after reading Clair Cain Miller’s NYTimes Upshot article titled “Why What You Learned in Pre-School is Crucial at Work”. The money quote in this article came after Ms. Miller described the benefits of learning the interpersonal skills taught in pre-school, skills that are crucial in jobs that cannot be replaced by robots:

Even as technology eliminates some jobs, it generally creates others. Yet to prepare students for the change in the way we work, the skills that schools teach may need to change. Social skills are rarely emphasized in traditional education.

Our schools are focussed increasingly on where the workplace is now instead of where it is headed… so we teach and test K-12 students on easily measured algorithmic skills that technology will ultimately take over and now plan to measure post-secondary schools on job placements, compelling them to increasingly focus on today’s marketplace. As a result we overlook the difficult-to-measure interpersonal skills that will ALWAYS be required in ANY workplace where there are human beings and students who cannot adapt to the mind-numbing programmed instruction are pushed aside.

And here’s the ultimate irony: the students who cannot abide the impersonal instruction offered in schools will thrive in the workplace described in this article.

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