Hamburger flipping as the last refuge of the unskilled worker might be going the way of the gas station attendant. The change underscores why your schools must prepare every one of your students for more intellectually demanding careers.

McDonald's, the restaurant chain that has defined "fast food" for four decades, has announced plans to install new computerized and partially robotic kitchens in all its U.S. outlets by the end of next year.

Prototype kitchens tested in a handful of McDonald's sites have included a computer-driven machine that dumps frozen


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