Shifting or Replacing?

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By Ali Fauzi

About 100 meters from my house, there was a taxi pool. Now, the place is more worthy of being a place of secondhand than the taxi pool itself. Dozens of employees had to remove the steering wheel of their taxis after online transport paved the streets.

Noval Hariri, we call it Kang Har, once said that today the times are not encouraging delman drivers to turn into taxi drivers, but are shifting horses in the 19th century to get out of the job market arena. We are not shifting, but we are moving and replacing.

Yes, Kang Har is right. He writes in his book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century,“when you grow up, you may not have a job.” Kang Har’s full name is Yuval Noah Harari.

Indeed, one side of education is to prepare humans to be able to meet their needs through work. Right now, we’re confused.

In elementary classes. We’d rather ask, “What are your goals?” than ask, “What problem do you want to solve?”

In higher classes, we add hours of study and increasingly aggressively train the job skills needed today.

Often, eventually when they graduate, those skills need updating or are even obsolete. Many of us encounter, the ability of the school is not connected automatically with work needs.

Remember, this elementary school child, will still live until 2050. Some may even be active until the year 2100. What skills does he need to get a job? Lest what they learn today is irrelevant in 2050.

If the school in time has to prepare the basic skills to become a YouTuber or drone opeator, don’t be surprised.

How not? Change is so fast. So, do not be surprised if in just a decade, the ability of billions of people will become redundant automatically.

Set up the One That Doesn’t Exist

I was reminded of 2015, when George Couros wrote in his book The Innovator’s Mindset that “we must prepare our children for jobs that have never existed.”

At first glance, what Kang Har and Kang George wrote illustrates a sense of pessimism. But it really isn’t. It’s just an alarm to get us ready for it.

You don’t have to be confused either. Learning and teaching continues non-stop. Whoever continues to learn, he is the one who is best prepared for change.

Additional musings. Almost all recognize that a good education can produce a good economy. Education is the best tool for reducing poverty. However, very few dare to admit that our syllabus and curriculum are, lest, be structured and designed by corporate capitalism.

If so, be prepared to reap what we grow.

Finally, whatever the conditions, no matter how quickly a job arises and sinks, Kang Harari concludes that in the end what we must protect is human beings, not jobs.


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