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Back to school: Why the UK must embrace lifelong learning in the age of AI

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Do you have a high learning quotient (LQ)? If—like me—you were educated in the UK, the chances are low. Will those odds increase for younger generations here? Not unless urgent action is taken.

During the 2023 annual World Economic Forum (WEF) conference in Davos, weeks after OpenAI launched ChatGPT and introduced generative AI to the masses, visionary speakers championed the concept of LQ as the successor to the intelligence quotient.

In essence, LQ gauges an individual’s adaptability and willingness to enhance their skill set throughout their lifetime continuously. This metric is increasingly indispensable for businesses and their leadership. But what about the leaders of tomorrow? Are they learning the requisite skills?

The WEF’s Education 4.0 campaign, launched last year, posited that three critical skills should play a “central role in each student’s personal curriculum”: problem-solving, collaboration, and adaptability. Owing to its strict, structured, test-heavy school curriculum, the UK is currently far from the top of the class for LQ....