State Superintendent Sandy Garrett’s speech and a video that preceded it had some sobering information we all ought to consider.
Garrett’s speech came during her annual leadership conference.
Read Garrett’s speech here.
A few excerpts:
- If you’re one in a million in China, there are 1,300 people just like you.
- The 25 percent of Chinese people with the highest IQs exceed the population of North America.
- China will soon become the number one English-speaking country in the world.
Now, the heady stuff.
- Today’s student will have 10 to 14 jobs by age 38.
- One out of four workers currently works for a company with whom they have been employed for less than a year.
- Former Education Secretary Richard Riley predicts the top 10 jobs in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004.
- One out of every eight couples who married in the United States last year met online.
- The number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the planet’s population.
- A week’s worth of The New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
Now, the stuff that gives me hope and nightmares at the same time.
- By 2013, a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computational capacity of the human brain.
- By 2023, a $1,000 computer will exceed the brain’s computational capacity.
- By 2049, the $1,000 computer will exceed the computational capacity of the human race.
Say what you will (and many people have) about Garrett’s push for longer school days and school years. The video is stark and speaks for itself.