September 7, 2011

Back to (the wrong) school

In an economy there are:
  • Tradable jobs - making things that could be made somewhere else - building cars
  • Non-tradable - building houses

The US-economy added 600,000 tradable jobs between 1990 and 2008 according to the article. 

"If you do a job where someone tells you exactly what to do, they will find someone cheaper than you to do it."

The article suggests that the schools are producing workers who are trained to work at tradable jobs - jobs where they are told what to do by a supervisor - not to think for themselves.

"Are we going to applaud, push or even permit our schools (including most of the private ones) to continue the safe but ultimately doomed strategy of churning out predictable, testable and mediocre factory-workers?"

Source: Seth Godin´s Blog