Although I don’t fully subscribe to the utilitarian notion that the purpose of education is to prepare the next generation for work, it remains a significant consideration in the minds of most governments. The link between educational effectiveness and competitive economic advantage is always a factor in government thinking and President Obama and the Prime minister have both referred to this in recent speeches.
Over a decade ago I was delivering presentations into schools talking about the changing face of the world of work and how some of the cherished notions that schools operated around regarding progression from education to the world of work were being made increasingly redundant. My presentations to parents, teachers and students focussed on the rapid pace of change in the workplace.
I suggested that the notion of the retirement age was clearly redundant as the population lived to a greater age, both personal preference and…
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