Bernard Marr discussed, in his April 20 LinkedIn post, the yawning skills gap in the tech sector, with just 11% of hiring organizations believing that colleges and universities are providing graduates with the needed skills. Perhaps we are placing too much hope in colleges and universities. Maybe the whole idea of a degree is part of the problem. We are long past the days (if they ever existed) when all the participants in an economy had an attend-school phase, acquiring the skills needed for work, followed by a career phase, spent using those skills. Universities and their degrees represent expensive, long-fuse efforts to meet the demand for skilled workers in arenas that shift over time.
Care and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. In addition to our traditional advice, every Thursday we feature an assortment of teachers from across the country answering your education questions. Have a question for our teachers? Email email@example.com or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group. This week's Ask a Teacher panel: Katie Holbrook, high school, Texas Cassy Sarnell, preschool special education, New York Matthew Dicks, fifth grade, Connecticut My daughter's sixth-grade elective teacher recently called me to tell me that my daughter is a great student, eager to learn, and very fun to have in class. But he also mentioned that he often asks her to partner with difficult students in class. When I asked my daughter about this, she said that these difficult students are often boys that don't pay attention and don't really want to be in the class.
When a very young child looks at a picture, she can identify simple elements: "cat," "book," "chair." Now, computers are getting smart enough to do that too. In a thrilling talk, computer vision expert Fei-Fei Li describes the state of the art -- including the database of 15 million photos her team built to "teach" a computer to understand pictures -- and the key insights yet to come. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.
Essential Education: Ref Rodriguez gives up L.A. school board presidency Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Friends and foes of L.A. school board president Ref Rodriguez are puzzled about why he allegedly engaged in a campaign money-laundering scheme when he could have simply written himself a check. Rodriguez is stepping down from the role of president, but he'll stay on the school board. Friends and foes of L.A. school board president Ref Rodriguez are puzzled about why he allegedly engaged in a campaign money-laundering scheme when he could have simply written himself a check. Rodriguez is stepping down from the role of president, but he'll stay on the school board.
Gabriel Roth is out this week, but Rebecca Lavoie and Carvell Wallace are here with Allison Benedikt to discuss taxidermied animals, being without your kids, summer camp compromises, and a listener question about whether to take a young child on a trip to Africa. They also talked with Bo Burnham, writer and director of the movie Eighth Grade, and Betsy Bozdech, executive editor at Common Sense Media, about the film.