Friday, July 23, 2010

Shift Happens / Exponential Change

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However, from a teaching, learning or employer base, it does quote some interesting statistics - and gives us a reality check here. Granted, this is an American commentary, but it does give a boot in the pants to many of us in the "first world".

Did You Know . . .

If you’re one in a million in China . . .

There are 1,300 people just like you.

In India, there are 1,100 people just like you.

The 25% of the population in China with the highest IQ’s . . .

Is greater than the total population of North America.

In India, it’s the top 28%.

Translation for teachers:
They have more honors kids than we have kids.

Did You Know . . .

According to former Secretary of Education Richard Riley . . .

The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004.

We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . .

Using technologies that haven’t been invented .....

In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

Name this country . . .

* Richest in the World
* Largest Military
* Center of world business and finance
* Strongest education system
* World center of innovation and invention
* Currency the world standard of value
* Highest standard of living


In 1900.

Did You Know . . .

In 2002 alone Nintendo invested more than $140 million in research and development.

The U.S. Federal Government spent less than half as much on Research and Innovation in

We are living in exponential times.

What does it all mean?

Shift Happens.

Now you know . . .

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