I think we have the most important jobs in the world. Is that a myopic view? Maybe, but I don't think so. Our jobs are to get children ready for a world that does not yet exist. That's a tall order in the best of conditions. Take a look at the infographic below. It's based off a quote from Tom Goodwin. The world is changing and it's important to work toward a common vision when serving our students. Our school district has been working diligently to align our practices with shifts in curriculum and instruction. It will be an ongoing process but it's important for leaders across our district to work together to support each other because of the important job we have -- to get our students ready for a world that continues to change at a rapid pace.
I read a report on CNN.com last week on unemployment numbers. For the first time in a few years middle class jobs outpaced higher and lower paying jobs. That's a good sign. But the report also went on to say that 5.6 million jobs are unfilled because the American workforce does not have the skilled individuals to fill those positions. That's where education comes in. We need to continue to evolve so our students can be part of a future economy. I worry that education is caught in a brick and mortar world -- and as you can see from the infographic, some of the world's largest companies don't have a storefront. We are changing, and we will continue to change. But we have to do it together. Our vision in East Moline for this important work: We will support all adult learners with the tools necessary to implement a rigorous curriculum that meets the needs of each and every child and provides them real world, complex learning with high expectations.
Something interesting is happening in the world today. It's happening in education too.