Technology is rapidly transforming the way we live, learn, and work. Entirely new jobs are emerging as others are lost to automation. People are living longer, yet switching jobs more often. These dramatic shifts call for a reimagining of the way we prepare for work and life—specifically, how we learn new skills and adapt to a changing economic landscape.
The changes ahead are likely to hurt most those who can least afford to manage them: low-income and first-generation learners already ill-served by the existing postsecondary US education system. The current system stifles economic mobility and widens income and achievement gaps; we must act now to ensure that the US has an educational ecosystem flexible and fair enough to help all people live purposeful and economically stable lives. And if we are to design solutions proportionate to this problem, new technologies must be called on to scale approaches that reach the millions of vulnerable people across the USA.
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