New math: Educating the 21st century workforce

December 18, 2006

By hammersmith

[Source: W.P Carey School of Business, Arizona State University] — The global marketplace is a single, level playing field where competition has become a matter of survival of the fittest, according to Thomas L. Friedman in his best-selling book “The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.” This new reality creates a different set of challenges for businesses, and it changes the rules for students, job-seekers, and the educational institutions charged with preparing them.

Counselors, teachers, and leaders from industry and the community recently met at a conference sponsored by ASU’s Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (CRESMET). The agenda: to discuss how educators and businesses must collaborate to prepare students for learning and career paths appropriate to Friedman’s flat world. Their observations are pointed at Arizona, but are instructive nationwide.

“Math and science means business throughout Arizona,” says Dennis Hoffman, director of the Seidman Research Institute and Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research. “It is key to achieving economic prosperity throughout Arizona.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]