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Monday, April 06, 2009

"Did You Know?" = "Shift Happens" Updated?

This appears to be an updated version of the viral video "Shift Happens" previously posted on the Land of the Ultra Rev.

Assuming all this data is true ...

Of particular note is the mention of jobs and education:
"The top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 ... Did not exist in 2004."

"We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist ... using technologies that haven't been invented ... in order to solve problems that we don't even know are problems yet."

"The amount of new technical information is doubling every two years ... For students starting a 4 year technical degree that means that ... half of what they learned in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.
The dominant paradigm of the past century of get a good education -- meaning specifically a 4 year bachelors degree and, by the close of the century, a masters degree -- is eroding quickly. Colleges will no longer be able to sell a degree that is outdated before it is completed. Companies will no longer want a college graduate with an outdated degree.

With the spate of open source education sites and the rapid rate of technological information expansion, I believe we are seeing the early signs of a cosmic shift in paradigm of 4 year college education + masters degree = good job. Though, it will be very, very hard to ever convince the remnant of Boomer parents and leaders that is true.

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Blogger Beth B said ... (1:22 AM, April 07, 2009) : 

"To be always relevant, you have to say things which are eternal." --Simone Weil

Christians believe that there are some things which are eternal. These things form the basis for a liberal education, as opposed to a technical education.

In this New Dark Age it will be up to some of us to think and live in a way that might not make us materially rich, but which will preserve, praise and pass on those things which cannot be destroyed by moths or rust,or stolen by thieves.

Time for the new monasticism, and whatever educational institutions that it encourages.


Blogger theultrarev said ... (6:16 PM, April 08, 2009) : 

Ooooh, there's a new term for me: NEW DARK AGES. Wow.

Had a conversation with a different scholar today who has heard others suggesting that God is removing His "common grace" from the US and that we are becoming like the people mentioned in Isaiah 6 who, ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’

Beth, do you believe we are really entering a "New Dark Age"?


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