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Can we really prepare children for future jobs?

Modern pedagogical debates often posit that the curriculum must prepare children for the unknown jobs of the future. It’s a shame, then, that our educational system-building is doing its utmost to crush a pioneering spirit of discovery, writes Melvyn Roffe

The future is now, but are our students prepared?

Does a minute go by when someone in the education world doesn’t utter that cliché about “preparing children for jobs that haven’t been invented yet”? And deliver it with that smug sanctimony that says “how lucky you are that I have had an original thought and am sharing it with you”? Except the thought isn’t original. After all, the Wright brothers hadn’t been trained as aeronautical engineers and John Logie Baird didn’t do a university TV and film course.

Change has always happened. Someone of my grandparents’ generation could well have fought in two world wars, remembered not only the early ...

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