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ERIC Number: ED098384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-17
Pages: 4
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Marketable Skills for Youth.
Bowen, Howard R.
The proposition that "every young person should graduate from high school with a marketable skill" raises a number of significant issues. (1) Any prescription for "every" person is questionable. (2) Does the phrase "marketable skill" refer to a specialized skill or does it refer to the ability to fill a job? (3) If the definition of marketable skill applies to the ability to be productive in a job, then the most important qualities are the communication skills and personal traits derived from general education that produce fully-rounded human beings. (4) Increased vocational training of young people does not necessarily increase employment. (5) High schools are likely not to be very proficient at vocational education. (6) For students with capacity and motivation for general education, the cost of employability at age 18 would be a shortening or dilution of general education. (7) Much youth unemployment occurs among culturally handicapped youth with inadequate general education and vocational training; our problem is to raise their cultural level through a foundation of general education. (8) In conclusion, "every young person should be encouraged both before and after the age of 18 to acquire the traits that flow from a solid general education." (EA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 1974)