US Schools Are Leaving Students Ill-Equipped to Compete with Artificial Intelligence

US Schools Are Leaving Students Ill-Equipped to Compete with Artificial Intelligence By Kerry McDonald We have long known that the robots were coming, but now that they are here, the mismatch between our modern education system and the technology-fueled workplace is glaringly apparent. As robots expertly perform routine tasks and increasingly assume broader workforce responsibilities, we must ask ourselves an important question: What is our key human differentiator? The Power of Creativity According to Boston University professor Iain Cockburn, who just published a new paper on the impact of artificial…

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How School Districts Weaponize Child Protection Services Against Uncooperative Parents

How School Districts Weaponize Child Protection Services Against Uncooperative Parents By Kerry McDonald Schooling is adept at rooting out individuality and enforcing compliance. In his book, Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky writes: In fact, the whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on—because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions. This filtering process begins very early in a child’s schooling as conformity is rewarded and…

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How the Gig Economy Empowers Unschoolers

How the Gig Economy Empowers Unschoolers By Kerry McDonald The growth of freelancers, or those working in the “gig economy” as their own independent contractors, is reshaping the way many Americans approach work. A 2016 Stanford University study found that independent freelancers comprise about one-quarter of the U.S. workforce and estimated that half of all workers could be independent contractors by 2020. Second (and third) jobs have always been a reality for many Americans who take on additional work for financial reasons, but the majority of today’s gig economy workers…

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