is Important for Career Success
A Little History
Twenty years ago x percent of America's workers possessed the math, verbal and interpersonal intelligence and skills required to enter the America's high income Group define here as earning at least twice the median income. Ambition and other personal characteristics were also required. College was useful but many went right to work and achieved success. Members of the Group earn more because they contribute more to their employers earnings/well-being.
Business has become really good at measuring these
contributions and as a result
the Group now earns more
than twice the median income leaving less for those excluded from the
Group. Recently, membership
become more difficult because a fourth intelligence/skill has been added to
There is a third
culprit responsible for a smaller Group and the
destruction of America's middle class.
Knowledge capital is temporary and
burnout is a more severe
problem in all professions and
Geekability has enhanced the problem. Professions
such as tax lawyers and medical
been under update pressure but the universal
requirement of Geekability
people are affected and more professionals
find themselves with less pay because
don't have the ambition required to keep up. They may keep
their job but the employer
There has also been a disappearance of good jobs causing the destruction of America's
middle class. We can not educate ourselves out of this problem.
Why? Living in a Flat World means our best and
brightest students are in a competitive struggle with the best and
brightest from around the world and
this additional supply pushes lower wages.
Portable flexible cheap robots in manufacturing and
cleaning offices decrease required hours per task dramatically lowering
demand for workers.
Large increase in productivity during the last quarter of the 19th century early 20th century were shared between workers and a very wealthy inventors and financiers class. Trust buster Teddy Roosevelt used the federal government and the help of unions to force the wealth spread more evenly and put an end to the Gilded Age. Social unrest was common. History has not repeated itself because of an unusual political alliance between money interest and conservatives who abhor Roe V. Wade and government involvement in their lives. This alliance has resulted in stagnant real wages for the middle class though there has been an in wealth for a well publicized top 1%. A fairly large unmanaged government safety net has resulted in little social unrest. Generations predicted social unrest of a magnitude not seen for many years.
See Average is Over, Educating the Class of 2030 and Tech-based Education which show the need for drastic changes which will be difficult as many current educators do not possess Geekability and fear being forced out of the Group.
Data demonstrating how
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