Given the current debate for education reform such as fixing No Child Left Behind; promoting Race to the Top; and encouraging a ’21st Century curricula’ , there still is a gap, a remaining empty space, incompletely filled by creating jobs or training skills.
It relates to adults who must continue to learn regardless of high-school diploma or college degree. It involves educating for life and supporting continual learning for all people.
Some parts missing in the discussion:
1) Lifelong learning accounts (similar to 401K, but for continuing education);
2) More employer or independent contractor tuition reimbursement programs;
3) Paid educational leave, especially for near retirees to pursue formal education;
4) Tuition reduction options and student loan forgiveness for recent college alumni;
5) Further allowing lifetime experiences to transfer as credit and acceptance within colleges and professions.
The belief that ‘children are our future‘ is very true, but it is equally true that the future will depend upon how, and what, our adults’ learn today.