The world is changing rapidly, with new technology being developed daily and jobs being replaced by automated machines and artificial intelligence (AI). These changes have brought about tremendous opportunities for those who can take advantage of them. However, these changes could spell disaster for those who are not prepared for the future. This is why it is so important that schools and educators take the necessary steps to ensure that our students are prepared for the future.
The 2023 Brain-Centric Design report estimates that by 2030, demand for higher cognitive skills will increase by 19 percent, while demand for physical and manual skills will decline by 14 percent. This means that the future of work will require a different set of skills than needed in the past. Therefore, schools and educators must equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this new environment.
Here are 10 steps schools and educators must take to ensure that students are prepared for the future due to the rise of AI technology in the workplace:
1. Offer More STEM Classes
STEM classes are essential for preparing students for the future. With the rise of AI, knowledge of science and technology is becoming increasingly important. Schools and educators should offer more STEM classes to equip students with the necessary skills for the future. The primary focus must be increasing cognitive demand for our students. Classrooms should be mental workspaces complemented by the hands. It is urgent to shift the focus from merely “hands-on” learning to “brains-on” learning.
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