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The Bottom Line K-12 Schools are Not Preparing Students for the Workforce

Originally published at Puget Sound Business Journal

A dramatic shift in the workforce landscape is underway. Obviously, the pandemic has rapidly increased remote work. But even more transformative has been the astonishing growth of e-commerce, automation, and artificial intelligence, which McKinsey and Company forecasts will require up to 25 percent more workers to change occupations than previously estimated.

In The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines, Jay W. Richards describes a coming “age of mass disruption” in which automation will radically transform the job market.

In this new environment, not only will many current workers need to change careers, but future workers will need new skills to compete for jobs in non-traditional roles and emerging industries. Alas, however, K-12 schools are not keeping pace with these changes.

For graduates pursuing higher education, remedial courses are needed for 33 percent of 4-year public college students and 60 percent of community college students. The cost of this deficiency is enormous: almost $6 billion per year through federal financial aid to cover up to 30 hours of remedial courses per student.

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