Max - I really liked your quote "It's time for Education to install its updates!". It seems many educational institutions are reluctant to realize that they are operating in the information era. I think it is imperative for the "School of the Future" to teach its students the value of Data on this day and age. Students do not encounter these topics until later at Universities and I believe that, if young professionals would touch base with Data Science earlier in their careers they would be much more comfortable in this arena later in life.
The bottom line is: Learning how to deal with data is a skillset that students can apply regardless of the job they decide to pursue in the future.
Joel - That's precisely the point I'm trying to make. The only place where I see some emphasis to incorporate public speaking courses to the required curriculum are business schools and I still think they do not go deep enough. Just like any other skill, it's important to practice it until it is mastered. The importance of this arena is reflected by the following article on Warren Buffett: "The only diploma billionaire Warren Buffett displays in his office is from a Dale Carnegie public-speaking course. “I was terrified of public speaking in high school and college. I couldn’t do it,” Buffett once told the BBC. “I don’t have my diploma from college or from graduate school, but I have my Dale Carnegie diploma there because it changed my life.”
I would like to point you in the direction of Prof. Matt Abrahams at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAnw168huqA) he talks about the many tools one could use to become a more effective speaker. You could try to incorporate some of this techniques into the GLA program.
Joel - I've always been a strong proponent of teaching public speaking to young professionals. Very few people are natural born public speakers; this is a skill that can be learned and in today's competitive business world, it's essential to be able to pitch your idea to others and communicate effectively in the workplace. We see schools focusing on the written aspect of communication, but you rarely see required courses on how to deliver a presentation in a confident and effective way.
I'm very happy to see your program is focusing on these type of soft skills as they will be essential regardless of what type of career one chooses.