In his book, Free Agent Nation, author and researcher Dan Pink describes a major shift in the western economies over the past few decades - a shift from exchanging an organization's security for a worker's loyalty, to that of an organization's opportunity for a worker's talent. This shift, Pink concludes, in creating a nation of free agents: Professionals who are steering their own careers rather than tying their futures to the performance of a given organization.
This shift is hitting college students particularly hard, as most parents are advising their children about their educational choices from the paradigm of 'Security-for-Loyalty,' while business is innovating around 'Opportunity-for-Talent.' These are very different world-views, and they each come with deep, deep assumptions about the nature of work, the potential of the individual, and the primary function of education.
What are your unidentified assumptions about the primary value of educational engagement? In your mind, what is school for?