Frank Levy and Richard J. Murnane predict that computer automation is leading to a split in the labor market.

Good jobs will increasingly require expert thinking and complex communication. Jobs that do not require these tasks will not pay a living wage.

Thanks to David Warsh for the pointer.

Every year, when I teach AP Statistics, I start out by giving a “commercial” for the class, where I claim that it teaches technical communication. Now, I can cite the Levy-Murnane book as reinforcement for my view that these sorts of communications skills are highly valuable.

For Discussion. What courses would you recommend to help students learn expert thinking (solving non-routine problems) and complex communication (which involves interpretation and analysis)?