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In 2005, writer David Foster Wallace stood before the graduates of Kenyon College and delivered a memorable and impactful commencement address.
The speech, later turned into a book titled This Is Water, has become a classic to many, up there with Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford address. Videogram company The Glossary has revived Wallace’s words with a video visualizing the concepts described by the writer, who died in 2008.
The Glossary describes the speech as “the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.”
What are employers and society in general finding problems with? National Association of Manufacturers surveys of “Skills Gap” notes some problems coming out of high schools and colleges that may shed some light:
Work ethics, timeliness and attendance are as important as verbal, math and technical skills – and are not being taught
High school and college grads’ general “sense of entitlement” causes problems
Grads don’t understand what hard work really is
A belief that multi-tasking is effective actually diminishes focus on task at hand
American culture (see the next article for some possible explanations) and lack of focus in general, combined with high school grade inflation, causes problems in the workplace
The main incentive seem to involve just moving kids through a system
But … a bad worker/employee jeopardizes an entire unit, division or company
“As employers and government officials put more pressure on colleges to produce employable graduates, this message should reach students before they collect their diploma.”