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The Most Important Skill for 21st-Century Students Is the Discipline to Say “No”

By Lauren Alix Brown // Quartz // 9:00 AM ET

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Can you code? Speak a second language? How high is your IQ?

There’s much debate on what students need most to succeed in an increasingly competitive world. The challenges of automation, globalization, and political upheaval leave out the fact that we’re living an age of information overload.

According to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, the one thing that children will need to learn is “intellectual discipline.” The ability to recall facts (we have Google) and parrot popular arguments (the canon is dead) has become obsolete. Students need to wade through the noise, discern the facts, analyze perspectives, and develop their own expertise.

In a panel on “Education in the Post-Truth World” at WISE 2017’s summit for education, Zakaria contrasts how the barrage of media effect how young people take in and process information.

I say this to my kids all of the time, ‘you can graze all these headlines and tweets and blog posts you like—at the end of the day the way you develop real knowledge about a subject still remains that you have to go deep; still remains that you have to actually read books; still remains that you have to talk to experts, travel...

Why the U.S. Fails at Worker Training

By Lolade Fadulu // The Atlantic // November 16, 2017

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When asked about Donald Trump’s June 2017 executive order calling for the expansion of apprenticeships, Anthony Carnevale says it’s just “good PR.”

Carnevale—the research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce—believes the high costs of apprenticeships and the U.S.’s dark past with job training will stymie the effort, which aims to help people find jobs in an economy that is rapidly changing primarily because of technological advances. According to Carnevale, apprenticeships—in which aspiring workers learn a trade from a skilled employer in exchange for low wages—can be extremely expensive. The high cost deters employers from participating.

The U.S. has never gotten job training and retraining right. Under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations, the federal government invested billions of dollars in programs aimed at helping Americans adjust to a changing economy, such as the automation of the steel industry in the late 20th century and foreign competition in places like Japan and China.

But these programs came under scrutiny for many reasons, including the fact that they tended to pigeonhole certain types of students into blue-collar jobs rather than higher education. “The kids that weren...

Silicon Valley's Worship of Innovation Can Get in the Way of Actual Change

By Mike Gregoire // Quartz // November 16, 2017

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The tech industry prides itself on innovation, taking any opportunity to talk about cutting edge, pioneering, or revolutionary ideas. But too often it skips past what it means to make innovation work, especially at scale.

As a tech CEO for the past 13 years, I have seen thousands of good notions fade away because the creative came without consideration to the practical, functional or secure.

A great deal of the time, the problem is simply that companies don’t do the work. They don’t push enough or they push in the wrong direction. But sometimes, it is merely the seductive nature of a perfect picture on the whiteboard that gets in the way.

Ideas must have the context to live and succeed. How ideas fit into the market and the world and what problems or challenges they will address need careful consideration. When we over-emphasize innovation, it’s too easy to be excited by a perfect picture without considering how it will operate in reality.

Unfortunately, the picture alone carries no water, generates zero revenue and solves nothing until put into action.

CEOs should not only focus on finding the best ideas, but also on how to convert them...

Women in Tech Are Rising Higher in China Than in the U.S.

By Sarah Lacy // The Atlantic // November 14, 2017

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I spent much of the summer of 2015 covering the absolute unraveling of Uber China, a multibillion-dollar effort that failed spectacularly. When Uber ultimately admitted defeat in 2016, Shonda Rhimes couldn’t have scripted the narrative better.

Uber had devastated competitors in each market, and its Chinese competitor Didi Chuxing turned Uber’s game on itself. Didi was the only ride-sharing company in the world whose resources rivaled Uber’s, backed by two of the largest Chinese internet companies and several of the largest hedge funds in the world. And while there was never any evidence of the Chinese government making life any worse for the American company in the market, Didi obviously had the home-field advantage when it came to working politics in China, if it came down to that.

And China was already the largest ride-sharing market in the world by rides. In January 2016, Didi announced it had completed 1.4 billion rides in 2015, some 40 percent more than the 1 billion rides it took Uber eight years to rack up. Uber was not the largest ride-sharing company in the world by a large and widening margin, despite its bravado and its valuation.

And the face...

Microsoft and LinkedIn Join Forces to Improve Your Resume

By Caitlin Fairchild // November 9, 2017

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Job-hunting is an exhausting process and most people looking to take on a position or switch career paths need all the help they can get.

Microsoft claims that more than 80 percent of resumes are updated in it's Word program, so the tech giant has partnered with LinkedIn to produce a new feature for Word called Resume Assistant. Microsoft previously spent $26.2 billion to acquire LinkedIn last year, so the partnership is an understandable progression.

As a user is crafting or revising their resume in Word, the program uses artificial intelligence to pull in relevant LinkedIn Data, based on your industry and the job you're seeking. It can even highlight what people with a similar level of experience are writing on their resumes. Users can also opt into a LinkedIn feature that will tell recruiters and employers that they are interested in a new job. 

This update to Word is rolling out this week to users of the Office Insiders program. Look for it to become available to everyone in the next few months.

To learn more, watch the video from Microsoft below: