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by Kevin Coupe

In Chicago, WBBM-TV News reports on Wheeling High School in the city’s northwest suburbs, where “the curriculum includes a fourth ‘R’ besides reading, writing, and `rithmatic.”


The reason is simple. It is where the educators believe the jobs are going to be. It is why “Wheeling High just doubled the size of its manufacturing and engineering lab.”

There’s an even more targeted reason: The school “specifically cites Amazon and its massive use of robots as a reason.” After all, Amazon is looking for a second headquarters city, dubbed HQ2, and Chicago has made the list of finalists. Whatever city Amazon picks will get 50,000 jobs, and Wheeling High “thinks it can help provide highly trained workers if the HQ2 lands here.”

And, of course, it isn’t just Amazon that is embracing robotics. And the students at Wheeling High are going to be ready.

“They can’t get enough. We have to kick them out at the end of the day because they want to stay here so late,” Tom Steinbach, an engineering and manufacturing teacher, tells WBBM.

That’s my definition of higher education. And it is an Eye-Opener.
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