The truth is, if you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today you have to work harder, regularly reinvent yourself, obtain at least some form of postsecondary education, make sure that you’re engaged in lifelong learning and play by the rules. That’s not a bumper sticker, but we terribly mislead people by saying otherwise.
There is a quote attributed to the futurist Alvin Toffler that captures this new reality: In the future “illiteracy will not be defined by those who cannot read and write, but by those who cannot learn and relearn.” Any form of standing still is deadly.
Thomas Friedman's Op-Ed in The New York Times takes a look at education world wide and how the countries that are excelling are teaching programming, or considering it, as early as possible. In doing so he articulates a very simple truth, no matter what your socio-political point of view, in order to excel you have to keep studying.