In his most recent article, columnist Thomas Friedman opens by writing:
Underneath the huge drop in demand that drove unemployment up to 9
percent during the recession, there’s been an important shift in the
education-to-work model in America. Anyone who’s been looking for a job
knows what I mean. It is best summed up by the mantra from the Harvard
education expert Tony Wagner that the world doesn’t care anymore what
you know; all it cares “is what you can do with what you know.” And
since jobs are evolving so quickly, with so many new tools, a bachelor’s
degree is no longer considered an adequate proxy by employers for your
ability to do a particular job — and, therefore, be hired. So, more
employers are designing their own tests to measure applicants’ skills.
And they increasingly don’t care how those skills were acquired: home
schooling, an online university, a massive open online course, or Yale.
They just want to know one thing: Can you add value?