A famous quote by Richard Riley, former US Secretary of Education, is as follows:

We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

I have seen this quoted in hundreds of places, but never a full reference. I'd like to use this quote in an article that must adhere to APA referencing - does anyone know of the first place this quote appears?

  • See footnote 1 in this essay (pp. 351-52) where the quote is thought rather to be credited to Karl Fisch (whose video does, indeed, appear to be the earliest instance of the quote I can find). It's not that Riley couldn't have said it. The content of this article from 1995/6 comes close. – Dɑvïd Oct 27 '17 at 22:23

Generation Jobless by Peter Vogel has this quote at the beginning of Chapter 3, and attributes it to "Gunderson et al, 2004"

Checking this book's bibliography, we can find that "Gunderson et al, 2004" refers to

Gunderson, S., Jones, R. & Scanland, K. 2004. The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works. Copywriters Inc

I would suggest you check there.


With the help of Darren Ong's answer and Google Books, I found the quote in The Jobs Revolution, phrased as follows:

Former Secretary of Education Richard Riley recently noted that none of the top ten jobs that will exist in 2010 exist today and that these jobs will employ technology that hasn’t yet been invented to solve problems we haven’t yet imagined.

An identical sentence occurs in Hearing on careers for the 21st century; the importance of education and worker training for small business, p. 90, freely available on archive.org. Unfortunately, neither source gives a reference, and the quotation is not given verbatim.

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