I am proud of the work we are doing at Opportunity Education, helping to prepare young adults for the dramatically different world they’re going to inherit. It’s a world where at least 50% of the jobs in the United States might be lost to automation by 2030. And it’s a world where men, younger workers, and minority communities are particularly exposed to losing their jobs to automation and Artificial Intelligence.
For the past several years, Opportunity Education has focused on how to empower young people – particularly those with fewer resources – with tools for success in this rapidly changing world. We’ve done this by rethinking education, which has led to a system we call Quest Forward Learning.
There’s a lot to Quest Forward Learning, but at its core, young adults learn how to learn, and how to keep learning throughout their lives. And in a world where people are likely to change careers several times, the most important skill will be the ability to adapt.
By the end of the 2019-20 school year, there will be nearly 60 schools worldwide powered by the Quest Forward Learning curriculum. I plan to write more about these schools and the innovative approach they are taking to education.