The days of going to school to learn a trade and implement these skills for next 30 years are in the distant past. This is not a new idea as it was evident during the 20th century to immigrant families-- Imparati l'arte e mettelo al' parte (P. Ruggiero). In 2009 (now updated), educators were shown a video from two educators in education and technology about future jobs and influences of social media (Did you Know). Colleges across the country are consistently re-configuring how to attract its consumer—and, one very recent idea mentioned was through short clips on Youtube. Another video that was produced in 2008 by Professor Wesch was about the anthropological approaches to Youtube. When an answer is unknown—communities turn to Youtube or Google. Questions about the duration of studies and how to partner with business are common conversations so that students are learning ‘skills’ for a particular company.
While it is not the New England Renaissance nor most are not living on Walden Pond, where resources to think and write were solely supported by others, development of self and acquiring skills to earn a sustainable living at present is not precise. Even within many fields, employees have to attend some type of professional development. This development can be conferences, workshops, and trainings. These trainings depend on job roles and also can impact income. It seems if you want to safely stay afloat in an occupational ocean, additional learning in some capacity will be overtly or silently mandatory. Some will find training more productive than others—as it depends on the training, the amount of autonomy , and the external stressors in one’s life.
In this way, what is the role of two-year or four-year institutions? What will reading Hamlet or Uncle Tom’s Cabin assist with in the long term? Can you recall dates or authors? Why ask students to enroll in electives if it will prolong their graduation? Is the design of institutions aligning with the job market? The answers to these questions will vary from individual to individual. This can be positive as it will mirror the needs and values of the individual. So yes, reading Shakespeare and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s writing will be necessary for growth and the conscious mind. Other considerations are: should courses be shorter so tuition is less? How does this impact teaching? (View—”Teaching without walls”).
While the ideas of embracing vulnerability and newness were written about in Pose, Wobble, Flow, yesterday’s yoga instructor reminded students when practicing balance that wiggling and wobbling were necessary to embrace falling. This idea of “embracing falling” is a healthy challenge when ‘professionally’ ‘developing’.
If at this point in time you chose an area to learn more about because of an interest or it related to a potential job/career/development, what would it be? Why would you invest your time in this way? Share your views.