Aside: The Future of Jobs

Occasionally I try to think about what the future will look like for my students: how best can I prepare them to do whatever it is they want to do? And so I find myself reading things like the World Economic Forums “The Future of Jobs”, which opens with this rather stunning claim:

65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist.

Hmmm. I don’t quite know how to feel about statements like this. I get the extraordinary changes taking place in the world’s economy, but I think it also ignores the extraordinary changes not taking place: we still have bodies. We need to feed those bodies. We need to house those bodies. We need to move them about the landscape. (If the singularity comes sooner than expected, than all bets are off.)

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