“The enemy of our future prosperity is complacency,” Australian chief scientist Alan Finkel wrote in December.
“Past investments in skills development have underpinned our strong economy and enviable lifestyle, which in turn have diminished our sense of urgency.”
“While our school system remains above average among OECD countries, the achievement of our students across science, literacy and numeracy is declining.”
Indeed, there’s much to be done. As someone incredibly passionate about helping our youth think about their futures in a different way, I find it hard to argue with Finkel.
School leavers are not sufficiently ready for the jobs that are available, let alone the jobs of the future. I am driven to speak with people who are making leaps in this space.
“Help to build the enthusiasm of students and their teachers,” Finkel wrote. “Help parents to understand their role and the opportunities that will unfold for their children in the years to come.”
“Help to provide the tools that will support teachers and leaders in schools. Help to implement robust measurement systems so that we better understand what works and what doesn’t.”
- Carina Parisella