A movement to prepare students for the future of work

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Details: Breaking with traditional schooling, these new models emphasize capabilities over knowledge — with extra weight on interpersonal skills that appear likely to become ever more valuable.

In high schools across the U.S., a quiet movement is underway to better prepare students for a hazy new future of work in which graduates will vie for fast-changing jobs being transformed by increasingly capable machines.

The big picture: No one really knows what future jobs will look like or the skills that will be necessary to carry them out. But researchers and companies alike widely believe that, as a start, interpersonal and management skills will differentiate humans from machines.

High schoolers are often being taught skills that will soon be handed over to machines, and they’re missing out on more valuable ones.

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Why high schools should teach social media skills to students

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Social media is a very real and ongoing aspect of our everyday lives.

Recently, there has been some discussion on what schools should be teaching students. The United Kingdom announced last month to add cybersecurity to its curriculum in response to a lack of education in the field and the rising industry skills gap.

 

 

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E-cigarette use doubles among middle and high school students

More than 1.78 million middle and high school students nationwide had tried e-cigarettes in 2012.

Electronic cigarettes use among middle and high school students has been rising rapidly, a trend that public health officials worry could undermine decades of efforts to reduce youth smoking and put a growing number of teenagers on a path toward conventional cigarettes.

 

 

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Being popular in school leads to earning more later in life

 

Popularity pays because those who learn to play the game in high school are figuring out what they need to know to succeed when they enter the workplace.

According to a new study released this week, those in the top fifth of the high school popularity pyramid garnered a 10% wage premium nearly 40 years after graduation, compared to those in the bottom fifth.

 

 

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First of it’s kind national program will put 3D printers into high school students’ hands

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The DARPA MENTOR program should boost engineering skills for high school students.

The trend to put Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology into schools continues. Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) announced that it has been chosen by the Georgia Institute of Technology to provide its Dimension 3D Printers to select high schools across the U.S. as part of The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach (MENTOR) program.

 

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U.S. high schools will add iPads while moving away from textbooks

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A sophomore at Burlington High School in Burlington, Mass checks out his iPad.

At western Connecticut’s suburban Brookfield High School, incoming freshman will soon be tossing out the heavy textbooks. They will soon be flipping electronic pages on a glossy iPad tablet computer.

 

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Top 10 high paying jobs that only require a high school degree

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Smaller companies will hire a pilot without a college degree if they have enough logged flight time and aircraft knowledge.

Going to college used to be a nearly sure way of getting a steady job.  A sure way of getting a steady job was getting a college degree.  But many recent college graduates will tell you this is no longer the case.

 

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16 Year Old Builds 100 MPG Hybrid Sports Car

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Azeem Hill and Simon Hauger at Poptech 2010

You may recognize Azeem Hill. If you do, it’s because this 16 year-old kid helped build the world’s only high school-made super hybrid sports car. As a participant in an after-school workshop in Philadelphia run by Simon Hauger, he and his teammates dreamed up and built a sporty hybrid that goes from 0-60 in less than 5 seconds, yet gets 70 mpg on the highway and 100 mpg in the city. They entered the car in the Automotive X-Prize, and beat out numerous top competitors — MIT and multimillion dollar tech firms among them. Hill and Hauger brought the car to this year’s Poptech. (Videos)

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