A recent Report Shows US Students’ Skills Falling Behind Others. Much about this is not news. But, several interesting points are made in the article:
“Google has found it is increasingly hiring people without college degrees because the signal of the credential is no longer as clear as it used to be that someone is job ready”
We know that, for the most part, children begin life with an exhuberant sense of curiosity. Unfortunately, they slowly lose this over the course of their school years. It is quite likely that they lose their love of learning because of their schooling. As children begin their schooling the presumption is that there are certain subjects the students will simply have to be forced to learn. So, as their engagement and enthusiasm for schooling diminishes the coercion has to increase to yield any results.
Here’s a Thing: There’s No Correlation Between a College Degree and Coding Ability. So, that's one thing college degrees tell us: nothing useful about whether someone can code or not. This is due in large part to the fact that coding is a skill and whether you have it or not depends something other than your grades or your degree. As should be obvious you can graduate with a degree and even with all A's and yet not have the requisite skills to be a decent coder.
One way or another there are major changes in store for higher education in the next few decades. Parents with unschoolers may face a different environment for higher education than the one current college students are in. Here's more detail.
KEVIN J. BROWNE
Philosopher / Educator
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