Some Jobs Are Gone Forever

John M. Eger - Huffington Post Lionel Van Deerlin Professor of Communications and Public Policy, San Diego State Posted: February 10, 2011 01:44 PM The challenge America faces in the wake of global competition is daunting. We have lost our dominance in manufacturing, as well as in the provision of...


Science, Technology, Engineering, +arts, Math The foundation of STE[+a]M is based on the use of both sides of the brain where convergent and divergent thinking are able to occur. More It is important to dispel misconceptions about the left brain versus right brain question as those misconceptions have been...

How music, dance, and the [+a]rts bring the world together

Research is often what people think about when discussing the University of California, San Diego. However, few know it has the 3rd ranked theatre program in the country. With strong partnerships with the La Jolla Playhouse, alumni and a community, the arts are just as...

STEAM is Gathering Steam

John M. Eger - Huffington Post Lionel Van Deerlin Professor of Communications and Public Policy, San Diego StatePosted: February 4, 2011 05:03 PM More people are discovering that George W. Bush signed into law a bill called "The America Competes Act", also known as the STEM initiative for...

Pleasure, Beauty, and Wonder: Educating for the Knowledge Age

By John M. Eger for the World Future Society

The future workforce will need to be more innovative, argues a communications and public policy scholar. While math and science are important, they need to be infused with the creative spark that comes from the arts.

 The challenge today is not in acquiring information, but rather in determining what information is most accurate and relevant to us. Knowing how to separate good from bad information and knowing which information has value in our quest for knowledge and wisdom is a unique and essential skill. And the demand for a new workforce to meet these challenges is rapidly increasing.

As a special report in Business Week magazine observed several years ago, “The game is changing. It isn’t just about math and science anymore. It’s about creativity, imagination, and, above all, innovation.” Most analysts studying the new global economy agree that the growing creative and innovative economy represents a central ingredient in defining future success.

But how do we make someone innovative and creative? What must schools—from kindergartens to universities—and communities do to nurture and attract the most innovative and creative workers?

 “We need a system that grounds all students in pleasure, beauty, and wonder,” says Dana Gioia, chairman of the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts. “It is the best way to create citizens who are awakened not only to their humanity, but to the human enterprise that they inherit and will—for good or ill—perpetuate. … [America] is not going to succeed through cheap labor or cheap raw materials, nor even the free flow of capital or a streamlined industrial base. To compete successfully, this country needs creativity, ingenuity, innovation.”

Learning to learn and finding the joy of learning in an age where people could go through a dozen jobs well before middle age has greatly complicated matters. Now add in the probability that tomorrow’s top jobs haven’t even been imagined yet because they’ll use technologies that haven’t been invented, as former U.S.

Secretary of Education Richard Riley has suggested. Clearly we are headed into a new and uncertain future.

Dropout Nation

John M. Eger – Huffington Post

Lionel Van Deerlin Professor of Communications and Public Policy, San Diego State

Posted: February 1, 2011 12:39 PM

Yes, America is a Dropout Nation.

In his State of the Union address President Obama promised to tackle the dropout rate of American high school students, calling it an “economic imperative if the United States intends to remain competitive in the global society.”

“We know that the success of every American will be tied more closely than ever before to the level of education that they achieve,” Mr. Obama said. “The jobs will go to the people with the knowledge and the skills to do them. It’s that simple.”

America’s dropout rate has been growing steadily for the last 10 to 20 years and is now at record proportions. The seminal report called The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts funded by the Gates Foundation in March, 2006, said in “each year, almost one third of all public high school students — and nearly one half of all blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans — fail to graduate from public high school with their class. Many of these students abandon school with less than two years to complete their high school education.”

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

This project was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it serves to motivate district level leaders to provide teachers with the tools and training to do so. ...