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Time to Get Creative


Scott McLeod of Dangerously Irrelevant is interested, like most of us, in staying informed about the economic crisis. In his latest blog post, he pours through data and provides charts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics about layoffs and growing and shrinking job markets. The information, he finds, says a lot about high schools and what they should be teaching.

Among McLeod’s findings:

-The percentage of unemployed people with “Less than a high school diploma” is more than double that of people with “Bachelor’s degree or higher.”
-Labor industries like construction and agriculture are facing the worst unemployment.
-The “creative-class” job industry is growing.

He continues:

Creative-class jobs, which now make up at least a third of the American workforce and are the only segment of the economy that is growing long-term, require different skill sets such as complex communication, critical thinking, and collaborative problem-solving. These are skills for which schools typically have not prepared most of their graduates.
… there are no absolute guarantees that your school system’s graduates won’t lose their jobs. But it’s fairly clear that the best way to immunize your graduates from the potential of job loss is to give them the skill sets that they’ll need to 1) acquire an advanced education, and 2) obtain jobs in professional sectors that are long-term growth areas for the American economy (and thus are less vulnerable to short- or long-term downturns). This raises an obvious question, of course: How’s your school system doing at this?

You're completely correct, but with all the standardized testing we have to do there doesn't seem to be much time for stirring thier creative juices and allowing creative outlets.

We must lobby local, state, and federal government to expand the idea of what education is in this country and what it's for.

Shay Olivarria
Bigger Than Your Block


Investing in creative capital is what most experts in the field of business and education are saying is best for our kids these days. Daniel Pink's, A Whole New Mind, comes to my mind.

I am starting to realize that free public charters that are NOT run by an elite and small group of folks may be the only ways we can run schools they way they ought to be run. There is to much red tape in the "machine" of schools to make changes. Disruptive innovation is needed as talked about in Disrupting Class..., by Clayton Christensen et. al,

It might take an abundance of good teachers, and families abandoning the current traditional model for the DOE's to take notice and allow for lasting changes.

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