ERIC Number: ED345029
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting School and Employment. Policy Statement.
Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
The current priority of the Council of Chief State School Officers is to improve education and experiences that bridge youth and adulthood and prepare youth for immediate or eventual productive careers after high school. To that end, the council supports cooperative education; "tech prep"; youth apprenticeship; mentoring; service learning; and shared responsibility and commitment among schools, employers, and employee organizations. Expanding on previous initiatives that have helped to structure pathways for young people from high school to college and through vocational education to work, the council points out the challenge to expand the opportunities for all students to reach high levels of academic achievement and introduction into the work world. Some principles for change include the following: (1) schools must view preparation of youth for employment as part of their primary responsibility; (2) every student should participate in a program that guarantees access to postsecondary education, training, and employment; and (3) alliances among schools, employers, and employee associations must be formed. Strategies suggested include the following: developing an awareness of what should be taught in schools; making a commitment toward research into the kinds of behavior needed for adult roles; reorganizing instruction so that students become active participants; restructuring secondary education to integrate the academic, vocational, and general curricula; and providing supported work opportunities for students. (KC)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Career Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Futures (of Society), Institutional Cooperation, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Council of Chief State School Officers