Article by Laura Bailet, PhD, Kaplan's Chief Academic Officer
Today's children will have to solve tomorrow's problems. Solving global, socio-political issues like inequality and climate change will soon fall on our youngest generation. Parents and educators must prepare children with the necessary skills, tools and abilities to be an influential part of the future workforce.
Automation is the biggest threat to jobs for the next generation. In fact, 57 percent of today's global jobs will soon be replaced by automation. Even more specifically, 47 percent of American jobs will be replaced. So, what kind of jobs should we be preparing children for?
The majority of future high-demand jobs simply don't exist yet. By 2033, more than 80 percent of high-demand jobs will be adaptions or recreations of what we currently know. Many of these jobs will require creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, initiative, technology, literacy, and productivity.
So, how do we best prepare our children? STEAM education!
STEAM education is key in helping children develop the necessary skills for becoming future innovators. Educators are exploring different topics and concepts within the early childhood classroom, ranging from coding as literacy to inquiry-based learning to hands-on learning. For instance, in Japan, coding is mandatory for all primary students by 2020.
Interdisciplinary methods are also integral to this growth trajectory. Connect4Learning, the interdisciplinary pre-K curriculum, for example, brings a math-and-science-forward approach to early childhood education. The curriculum is designed to integrate STEAM education early on and prepare children for the rigors of their future careers.
STEAM learning, when introduced within an interdisciplinary curriculum such as Connect4Learning, lays the groundwork to help children: