Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Succeeding in the Workplace

"We will require, from a larger and larger percentage of our work force, the ability to engage in relatively complicated analytical and cognitive tasks. So it's not that we're going to need more geniuses, but the 50th percentile is going to have to be better educated than they are now. We're going to have to graduate more people from high school who've done advanced math, is a very simple way of putting it."

Rebecca Dube, "Malcolm Gladwell Talks About Working, Globe and Mail, October 1, 2007

This is just a taste of what to expect from from Malcolm Gladwell's new book, Outliers, to be released in November 2008. See also Dan Mitchell's "Why Some Succeed Wildly," New York times, June 28, 2008 for some additional tidbits and references about this book.

But: "Among the 30 OECD free-market countries, the U.S. is the only nation where young adults are less educated than the previous generation...Every year one in three adults -- more than 12 million people drop out of high school. Even more alarming, many high school graduates who do complete high school lack basic skills and readiness for job training and college."

Reach Higher, AMERICA: Overcoming Crisis in the U.S.Workforce, Report of the National Commission on Adult Literacy, June 2008

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