Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and one of the speakers at the Corporate Voices for Working Families annual meeting in September, is featured in an article and discussion in eschoolnews.
Wagner was the keynote speaker at the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) conference in Washington, D.C. From the article:
Wagner said he hears two things repeated constantly by today’s employers: “We need people who can ask good questions, and we need people who can engage others in thoughtful conversations.”
“When I asked them whether or not they needed students to know the latest version of software, they said no,” he added. “They told me that technology moves so fast that it’s hard to keep up with. [From] the time students graduate to when they get the job, it’s usually changed anyway. . . . [Employers] . . .don’t mind training employees in technology–but you can’t teach someone how to think.”
More perspective on Wagner’s views in the context of helping students succeed in school and life is contained in a just-released Corporate Voices position paper: Strengthening America’s Economic Competitiveness: Public Policy Strategies to Improve Workforce Readiness.