Complements: STEM Education & Creativity

Source: Fast Company, Oct 2011

“The U.S. education system is much more geared to innovation and practical application,” says Murthy. “It’s really good from high school onward.” To compete long term, we need more brainstorming, not memorization; more individuality, not standardization.

At the top of the market are the jobs everyone wants. And guess what? These are the jobs that many graduates of the American education system are well prepared for. These jobs require creativity, problem solving, decision making, persuasive arguing, and management skills. In this echelon, a worker’s skills are unique, not interchangeable. “These jobs deal with a tremendous amount of information, but the added value of the worker is in doing the non-routine parts,” says Autor. Technology and outsourcing routine tasks make these top workers even more powerful and productive, giving them even more data and tools with which to innovate.

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