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“The longer a person is out of formal education, the weaker the direct relationship between his or her formal education and proficiency…” The OECD (2013) continues in stating, “People may have acquired new skills since they completed their formal education or lost some skills that they did not use. Indeed, the longer a person is out of formal education, the weaker the direct relationship between his or her formal education and proficiency, and the greater the role of other factors that may affect proficiency, such as the work or social environment.” (p. 15).
Gardner (2006) of Five Minds for the Future notes, “Turning to the workplace, we have become far more aware of the necessity of continuing education… Nonetheless, much of corporate education is narrowly focused on skills… We acknowledge the importance of science and technology but do not teach scientific ways of thinking, let alone how to develop individuals…” (p. 17).