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Why ‘worthless’ humanities degrees may set you up for life

At university, when I told people I was studying for a history degree, the response was almost always the same: “You want to be a teacher?”. No, a journalist. “Oh. But you’re not majoring in communications?”

In the days when a university education was the purview of a privileged few, perhaps there wasn’t the assumption that a degree had to be a springboard directly into a career. Those days are long gone.

Today, a degree is all but a necessity for the job market, one that more than halves your chances of being unemployed. Still, that alone is no guarantee of a job – and yet we’re paying more and more for one. 

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190401-why-worthless-humanities-degrees-may-set-you-up-for-life

High School robotics team builds electric wheelchair for 2-year-old whose family couldn’t afford one

A high school robotics team from Minnesota built its greatest creation yet, one that has changed a 2-year-old boy’s life. Farmington Public Schools’ “Rogue Robotics Team” made an electric wheelchair for a toddler named Cillian Jackson. Cillian has a rare genetic condition that affects his mobility. Similar chairs can cost up to $20,000 and his parents’ insurance didn’t cover it. 

So the family reached out to the Rogue Robotics Team. The group of high school students received help from the University of Delaware’s GoBabyGo program, which creates custom vehicles for children with limited mobility. GoBabyGo can create a mobility device that looks like a race car or a Disney princess-mobile.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/high-school-robotics-team-builds-electric-wheelchair-for-2-year-old-whose-family-couldnt-afford-one/

Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand lead the way at teaching skills for the future

Finland is the world leader at the provision of future skills education, according to the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI), which is now in its second year, closely followed by Switzerland.

Both countries particularly excel in the policy environment category, and specifically in terms of formulation of future skills strategy, the periodic review of strategy and the assessment frameworks to support future skills training.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/finland-switzerland-new-zealand-lead-at-teaching-skills/