Education in an automated world

2 Nov 2018

With over a third of the skills important in today's workforce likely to be irrelevant within a 5-year period, our education system is preparing our children for a future that doesn't exist anymore. Given the increasing speed of innovation, workers need to constantly update their thinking and skills to enter the workforce and keep pace over the course of their career.

Forecasts suggest that today's average school graduate will have five careers and 17 employers by the time they retire, and that more than 70% of all current jobs are likely to be substantially impacted if not rendered obsolete by automation and artificial intelligence by 2035. Most educators seem stuck operating within rigid and regressive curriculums that limit their ability to deliver the new thinking and skills needed.

Despite recent and past innovations in the delivery of education like remote, on-demand and personalised learning, up to 2 in 3 children entering primary school today will not have the skills required to get a job when they leave education. The challenge: How might we modernise primary education to better equip every child with the skills the future is likely to require?