According to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia in their report Australia’s future workforce? released today, 40% of current jobs in Australia have a moderate to high likelihood of becoming obsolete in 10-15 years due to technological advancement. They suggest we are “on the cusp of a new and different industrial revolution. School systems and educators around the globe are being challenged to consider how best to prepare and support students to participate fully in the future workforce.
Modelling of the probability of job loss through computerisation is indicated in the Figure 3.
In his latest book Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution that’s Transforming Education, Ken Robinson points the way forward to assist schools as they consider a move away from industrial education style education systems. Filled with anecdotes, observations and recommendations from professionals on the front line of transformative education, Ken proposes a highly personalised, organic approach that draws on current thinking about how we learn. The challenge for educators and school systems is to consider how to redesign current learning models that enable major transformative shifts rather than small incremental changes as a way to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to participate in unprecedented technological change.