No Child Left Behind, 2022 Edition, and the Coming Class Warfare

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According to the New York Times, public schools in the U.S. have lost at least 1.2 million students since 2020, with some switching to home-schooling and others dropping out.

Let’s be generous and assume that 200,000 of those kids switched to home schooling, which begs the following questions

  1. What new resources are now available for homeschooling that have led that many parents to choose that route over traditional school?
  2. When (if ever) will traditional schools embrace those resources to help us achieve that elusive dream of “no child left behind”

That still leaves 1 million kids who dropped out. What does that say about our workforce in ten years? This is an economy begging for workers, yet college graduates (who, granted, chose the wrong majors) are becoming Starbucks baristas (and considering unionization…for making coffee…something a robot can do), leaving fewer options for high school graduates and college dropouts (especially those without vocational skills).

So where in the hell will the high school dropouts be in 2030?

And what about the growing population of retirees who rely on a productive economy of taxpayers to pay for their social security?

If you think that our current supply woes were the end of this crisis, buckle up. This shitshow isn’t close to being over.

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Most of my writings are about lifelong learning (how it must evolve in the 21st century and how to do it well enough so that we may reap the extrinsic and intrinsic rewards for doing so).

This blog is a place where I will publish my thoughts on how current events relate to lifelong learning as well as some other topics of interest. Also, I may share various incomplete or half-baked thoughts here as I rummage through my two million words of unpublished content to get them prepared for publishing over on Genius By Design (my primary website).

Basically, is what falls on the cutting room floor. Enjoy.

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