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Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age by Marty Neumeier

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5. Learning

Impossible is nothing

Our school system was built on the belief that education is a form of programming. It presumes people will need to follow standardized modes of thought if they’re to contribute profitably to society. So the game that guidance counselors play is one of prediction. They ask themselves, In the near future, which jobs will be most abundant?

This leads to the kind of advice we received at my college-preparatory high school: Aim for a degree in accounting or law, since these are prestigious, high-paying professions. Guess what? A large number of graduates ended up in accounting and law. The rest of us drifted off into nonsanctioned roles and workaday jobs, or simply fell off the grid, resigned to the view that we weren’t ...

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