World of Work Movement Places Curriculum to Close Employment Gap in Teachers’ Hands

The Great Workplace Disconnect

The beginnings of the ideals behind World of Work came out of conversations with real estate developing professionals. Those professionals were concerned about the growing need for trained and skilled workers such as contractors, plumbers, electricians, and carpenters, with the need being so great that starting wages can be $50 an hour, or more. The cause of this gap in employment is due in large to the stigma put on skilled laborers.

For many years, school districts heavily shifted their focus to test results and performance scores. That shift has played heavily into the lack of skills many young adults have as they enter the workforce. The World of Work puts dignity in all work— not just college-educated, white collar professions. The World of Work makes sure every child understands that they are unique and that their strengths and skills are needed, with school districts finding ways to back-up that mentality.

Teachers who are a part of the World of Work support the initiative because it gives cause and relevance to education and curriculum, where kids are excited because of the future opportunities their education provides them. The World of Work provides an opportunity for students involved, from kindergarten to eighth grade, to have experiences in 54 different careers— many they probably did not know even existed or that the workforce has a real need for.