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Students: How has your education prepared you for a career in the 21st century? What has worked and what challenges do you face?

In the third edition of the Advise the Advisor program, Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council and one of President Obama’s senior advisors on education policy, is asking for your feedback from parents, teachers and students on education policy.

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    Mar 16 2011: Hi Adt, I'm currently an undergraduate student at the Arab Open University studying ICT (information and communication technology), which is an affiliate of the UK Open University, a well known university with a focus on distance learning and self-study. Now the point isn't in what I technical stuff I learn, no. Personally it's about the soft-skills I gain in preparation for a successful career. As one can expect, the field of IT is constantly evolving and ever-changing, having being used to self-study and constant unaided research I'm set to a great start. Now don't get me wrong, teachers should deliver current and relevant curricula to the best of their ability, but those details will eventually age and get discarded depending on the industry you're in. So preparing the student and enabling him/her to sustain their skills and remain current is the number one goal educators should be striving for.

    Some educators focus on this, some don't. Personally I believe this is of the utmost importance with regards to getting an education.

    Ziyad B.
  • Mar 16 2011: I mean even a 40 y.o attempting to keep up with a 20 y.o is a crime when he can just continue doing his old job.
  • Mar 16 2011: Old people need to retire and give us more freedom, patriot act the hell out of us but only if you can feed us.
  • Mar 16 2011: In order to compete for the jobs of the 21st century, America’s students must be prepared with a strong background in reading, math and science along with the critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity needed to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce.