Giving Compass' Take:

• Chalkbeat discusses how dire warnings about automation are leading some to advocate for wholesale education reforms, but cautions that digging into the statistics paint a murkier picture.

• Will edtech really help transform our school system? Many have doubts and, but the main takeaway is to proceed with caution with any initiatives that try to predict "the future of work" with certainty.

Here's why solving the teacher shortage would be one step in the right direction.


“It's time to update our schools so they work better for today’s students,” Stacey Childress, the head of New Schools Venture Fund, said earlier this month at the organization’s annual summit — a who’s who of charter school leaders, their funders, their advocates, and others promoting school choice or education technology.

“With the twin forces of automation and globalization just absolutely changing the very nature of opportunity and work, this is more important than ever.”

It’s a message that’s hard to miss.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently told the Wall Street Journal that schools need to change because by the time current kindergarteners reach the job market, 65 percent of jobs will be newly invented. The XQ Initiative to reinvent high school claimsthat the “jobs of tomorrow will look totally different than those of today or the recent past.” A special report in Education Week on the future of work says that “technological change, globalization, and climate instability are happening at an accelerating pace all across the world.”

These warnings of dramatic change are increasingly being used to promote advocates’ favored solutions for improving schools, and the results are trickling down into real classrooms — not just through the expansion of established career and technical education programs, for example, but with calls to upend traditional schooling altogether.

Dig into these claims about our changing economy, though, and you end up knee-deep in mixed messages and muddled statistics.

Read the full article about what "the future of work" really means for education by Matt Barnum at Chalkbeat.