Technology has the very bad rap of leaving many workers behind. Sophisticated machinery and robotics have replaced many production workers. Computer science isn’t a “bird course” that is easy for everyone, especially if we aren’t teaching coding or computer programing to our students at a younger age. It is much harder to re-train adults to move on a path of a technological career. On the other hand, technology has made it possible for some adults to further educate themselves via online education, in places that may not have a college or university.
“The OECD puts the solution on the door of governments to kick-start the process, although it urges them to engage employers and other stakeholders. It believes we need to remake education so that those adults who most need “reskilling” and “upskilling” get those things, which is not quite as easy as it sounds. Although many adults do, of course, take courses and participate in training, the OECD calculates that participation in training by low-skilled adults – the ones most likely to be vulnerable to technological changes – is 40 percentage points below that of high-skilled adults across the OECD.”The Globe of Mail, To Bridge the Sides of the Tech Revolution Gap, We Need to Rethink Education at All Levels, by Linda Nazareth, May 2019
This technological change in the work world can also be a solution by the availability of online courses and training. These course reach people who may not be able to go to an actual school, or who may be too intimidated to go back to a class room.
Canadian children need to be taught what is making the economic world go around so Canada can compete with the world. We also need to have more teachers that can teach in the areas of coding, math, and economics. Adding coding and programming to elementary curriculum not only prepares our youth for future jobs and careers in technology, but also has a vast creative side as well.
“According to numerous research projects, the reason behind this is not simply to create a pool of skilled programmers to meet the needs of the job market; in fact, learning to code also enables children to use digital technology to develop their creativity. Furthermore, it helps students in our technology-based society to move from the role of ‘consumer’ to that of a ‘creator.’ In addition, students learn to develop algorithmic thinking which enables them to better understand, interpret, and assess the impact of such thinking on their lives. Some will even go on to take part in developing and guiding the use of algorithms in the world of the future. Coding also trains children to become independent citizens in a world where technology is ubiquitous. Finally, learning to code helps students better understand one aspect of the digital world in which we live and, in some ways, become better prepared for it. In short, this is why coding in school is important. Learning some coding basics at school now appears to be necessary to function in an increasingly digital world.” EdCan Network, 12 Reasons to Learn Coding at School, by Dr. Thierry Karsenti, May 2019
Even with the technological advances we need to appreciate those workers in the production lines making product. More of the profits need to trickle down to the people who are the source of making the corporation all the money!
The term “technological revolution” should cause relief to people as they can get on with other work and leave the mundane work to robotics or machines. It should not cause fear of job loss for those that are being left behind.
With the early education of children in the basics of coding and programming we can help move Canada into the future. This can also close the income gap by creating more opportunities and give youth the tools to be the creator, business owner, teacher, fight hackers in cybersecurity or be an employee in a high tech firm.
“Yes,” says the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its new Skills Outlook 2019 report, but the answer means a fairly radical rethinking of the way we view education systems. In an era in which jobs are being reconfigured and where whole occupations may disappear, workers need to be willing to undergo continuous training and skills acquisition through their lives. For that to happen will take a wide buy-in that must involve everything from government and employer support through to making teachers technology-competent and able to pass on key skills.” The Globe and Mail, To Bridge the Sides of the Tech Revolution Gap, We Need to Rethink Education at all Levels, by Linda Nazareth, May 2019