Arts to Grow supports a theory of a quickly changing economic environment and the fact that educational institutions aren’t adapting quickly enough to meet “new generation” changing needs. Kari Dunn Saratovsky interesting article in SocialCitizens.com
“Baby Boomers changed politics, Gen X changed family, Gen Y changed work, and Gen Z will change education.” When Penelope Trunk wrote this on her blog last month, it caught my attention, and since that time a string of articles has been written supporting this theory about just how Gen Z will lead this shift. Last week Viacom and the Associated Press teamed up to release a new studyevaluating how the education system is meeting the needs of today’s 18-24 year-olds. While respondents skewed a bit older than members of Gen Z, we can already tell the tide is changing
The result? More and more 18-24 year-olds are taking a less traditional approach to higher education through a combination of self-directed curricula, internships and self-teaching. Today’s young people are more accustomed to figuring out what they like to do, and then with an almost innate entrepreneurial spirit — figure out how to do it. They are rewriting the rules within the classroom and beyond , and the implications are not only impacting our education system, but will have a profound impact on the future workforce.