Future Friday: A must read for parents and educators.

by Michael Haberman on February 14, 2014 · 2 comments


Education will change radically in the next 20 years.

Education will change radically in the next 20 years.

Thomas Frey related a 2009 study by Bohn and Short that showed that “the average person in the U.S. has 100,500 words flowing into their heads on a daily basis. And this number is increasing by 2.6% per year.” That is a lot of information. How do we process this? How do we make use of this information to improve who we are and what we do? Frey’s conclusion is that our current educational system is not working to do that.

Five years

Today when someone enters school it is generally five years down the road before they graduate. By that time the world will have changed substantially and they walk out the door already behind the curve. We need to have some sort of educational system that makes courses much more available and we have to have some way of giving credit for courses taken outside of the current educational system. Universities are offering online courses and MOOCs are making headway. iTunesU, which started in 2007 is way ahead of everyone.  They currently have over 1,000 Universities participating from 26 countries. Their selection of classes, now exceeding the 500,000 mark, have had over 700 million downloads. How is a current US based university going to compete with this? How is a US student going to a traditional university going to compete with someone in the third world that has access to iTunesU and is given credit for learning there?

A must read

Rather that writing further myself I am going to refer you to Thomas Frey’s article, Uncorking the Possibilities. He talks about the very radical change he sees happening in the educational system. If you are a parent that has children going to college in the next five years you must read Frey’s article. If you are an educator you must read this. If you are in HR you must read this.

Read Frey here.

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Matt February 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Well, for HR, how will they “value” that education? Precedence is already given to individuals who have a four-year baccalaureate degree compared to someone who gets his or her degree an online for-profit institution, such as the University of Phoenix.

Will having a degree from iTunesU send recruiters hearts aflutter?


Michael Haberman February 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

For now no HR will get agog about alternative degrees or alternatives to degrees. But there are enough people talking about the demise of traditional programs and the rise of alternatives that HR should be paying heed. Otherwise HR will find itself in its traditional situation of playing catch-up.


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