Welcome to the Age of Agility
October 13, 2017

By Jason Gaulden

We have entered an age of social and economic transformation as significant as any in humankind’s history. That’s not hyperbole; it’s a wake up call.

Amid loud alarms sounded by economists, futurists, and technologists about the extreme impacts of technological advances on individuals and institutions, our education system has rolled over and hit the snooze button.

It’s time for us to join forces to wake the slumbering beast.

In a nutshell, that’s the conclusion we reached in our new report, Age of Agility.

An Oxford University estimate warns that up to 47 percent of all U.S. jobs are at risk of elimination in the next 10-20 years. The study warns, “…most workers in transportation and logistics occupations, together with the bulk of office and administrative support workers, and labor in production occupations, are at risk.”

White collar jobs (think radiologists, paralegals, even some lawyers), blue collar jobs (truck drivers, factory workers), and service jobs (fast-food workers, retail clerks) are all susceptible to an accelerating wave of automation.

Meanwhile, most of our public schools look little different than the schools of a century ago. Far from making plans to educate students to thrive in the economy and society of the near-term future, most school systems are still struggling to do an adequate job providing students with the basic skills needed for twentieth-century life and work.

We urge all PIE Network members to dive into this meaty report, rich in data, anecdote, and talking points. Use it at a tool to advance your own sound policies and practices.

In the near future, America Succeeds will launch a national tour, holding community conversations focused on what policy and public persuasion levers we can collectively engage to move our education system forward. We must address the urgent issue of preparing today’s students for the shifting world of work they will encounter.

Please contact me if you’d like to partner with America Succeeds on a convening in your community.

Jason Gaulden

Jason is America Succeeds' Communications Director

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