Giving Compass' Take:

• KnowledgeWorks is an education nonprofit that provides insight into the education landscape for the next ten years. This organization is increasingly worried that schools are not adequately preparing students for the future. 

• Regarding automation and technology, how can schools utilize these resources in tandem with recommendations from KnowledgeWorks to prepare students? 

• Read about some more ideas as to how schools can better prep students for the future workforce. 

People like predicting the future. And people like reading predictions about the future. But there’s rarely any accountability and many, many predictions fail to come true.

KnowledgeWorks, an education-focused nonprofit, has a team of people dedicated to thinking about the future of education, and every three years since 2006 they have released a comprehensive forecast about what to expect 10 years out.

They are careful to clarify that these forecasts are not meant to be read as “predictions,” but rather “insights about the wide range of possibilities for what might happen in the future,” as Jason Swanson wrote at the end of 2015, kicking off a blog series looking back at how much of their first forecast became a reality.

The forecast describes a current reality in which organizations, including schools, are increasingly out of sync with what people need from them.

“The new era could exacerbate the current misalignment and deepen existing inequities, or it could inspire new frameworks for how we live, work and learn,” the forecast reads. “The choices we make today will determine not only whether people can thrive in the near term, but also who might be best positioned to thrive in the future.”

Read the full article about driving schools to do better by Tara Garcia Mathewson at The Hechinger Report.