Archive for the 'Education' Category

Training and Labor Markets – Some Interesting Stats

September 17, 2014

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Thanks to EvoLLLution for creating an interesting study. It’s a couple of years old, but I just ran across it.

Many North Americans have trouble keeping pace with the changes occurring in today’s work- place. Despite the existence of 9.3 million unemployed Americans, the country experienced a shortage of 7 million skilled workers in 2010, a shortage that is expected to climb to 21 million by 2020. A lack of educational attainment sits at the root of the issue. So much so, that unless more North Americans strive to achieve a higher level of education, average income per capita is going to decline within the next decade.

If I understand the stats, this means that (in theory) the skills gap is responsible for 75% of the unemployment rate (7 million unfilled positions / 9.3 unemployed).

The skilled worker shortage is expected to grow to 21M by 2020. Crazy.

I’m very interested in seeing the breakout of the skilled worker shortage.

Once employed, the need for education never ends. 70% of employers say that continuing education is a requirement to simply stay current.  Most of the report focuses on this issue.

Definitely worth a read.

Salman Khan: The Messiah of Math (The Napster of K-12 education?)

May 20, 2011

Giving away effective methods for mastering the world’s knowledge presents a Napster-like challenge for companies such as London-based Pearson and McGraw-Hill, which publish two of the most popular grade-school math textbooks and offer extensive online and digital components. For Pearson, the education segment in North America, comprising textbooks, online products, and test administration, represented $4.2 billion worth of business in 2010; for McGraw-Hill in 2009, it was $2.4 billion. Education Market Research estimates that the K-12 textbook market alone will reach $3.5 billion in the 2010-2011 school year.

The Khan Academy gives it away to 2M users (students).  There are amazing things happening in the education business.

The future of the library: librarians not libraries

May 16, 2011

Open Source Learning

November 27, 2010

Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs

November 7, 2010

A very valuable second grade lesson

September 24, 2009

Please, stay in school…

May 1, 2008


Really Really Dumb

Originally uploaded by Tom Turnbull.

Proof that our educational system is dramatically failing our youth. Or, perhaps, this guy is an outlier.

Notice the “rock and roll” sign with the cast.

Well, he’s having a good time.

Language study in US

May 9, 2007

From CBS Evening News

Only 50,000 students study Mandarin now; up from 5,000 in 2001. Small but growing fast.

5MM take Spanish, French and German, the top three studied languages.

Mandarin is becoming seen as a “more useful” language for the future of course.

There is a shortage of teachers.

Japanese language has lost much of its popularity in the US.

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