A number of recent sources have been discussing the role of education in preparing individuals for today's work force:
The links above discuss the need for today's workforce to be innovative problem solvers. As the web invites networking between people that are oceans apart, employers can choose any one in the world to perform entry level to executive positions within their companies and not forfeit close communication.
Today’s industries are looking for people who can ask themselves what should be developed next to meet the demands of tomorrow's market. The workforce must predict and infer.
So why do we integrate technology into our K-12 curriculum? Because the workforce expects us to.