Empowering Teachers Will Help Address the US Skills Gap

Empowering Teachers Will Help Address the US Skills Gap

Empowering Teachers Will Help Address the US Skills Gap

America’s dedicated teachers are the key to transforming how students learn the skills necessary to fuel the US economy.

The World Economic Forum released a report, finding that a staggering number of companies will be required to spend valuable resources on the res-killing and retraining of their existing employee base. According to the report, by 2022 more than 54% of employees will require significant re-skilling as a result of the integration of new and emerging technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning tools. As technology continues to power forward and become integrated into every-day tasks in the workforce, what can be done to minimize the need for re-skilling and retraining down the road?

The number of STEM jobs continues to outpace the number of graduates in related fields, contributing to the number of tech employment opportunities. This number is expected to increase by 12% by 2024, according to a report by Modis. But as yet another program aims to re-skill the workforce, we must also consider whether US Science Technology Engineering and Math programs are reaching the right audiences – and if not, where efforts should be directed to drive the most impact.

The focus of many US STEM and computer science programs has historically been on students, engaging kids and teens in specific activities or field trips for no more than a few days’ time before resuming their regular lesson plans. These tent pole activations’ are important, helping to pique students’ fascination in subjects they may have limited knowledge or interest in. But with less than 40% of US schools incorporating computer science related courses into their annual curriculum – and just a minority of the country’s 50 million K-12 students learning computing skills that can lead to in-demand jobs – there must be a more sustained effort around truly integrating diverse skills into everyday lesson plans. In fact, this is the only way to better prepare today’s generation for the jobs of tomorrow.

 

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