ERIC Number: ED257198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Bottom Line for Schools: Student Employability?
Anderson, Lorin W.
This paper argues that schools need to help students acquire knowledge and skills for two purposes: (1) to function effectively in a variety of contexts (including work) as they presently exist, and (2) to adapt to changing situations in the future. Effective functioning in the present requires a common body of knowledge, including mathematics, language skills, and geography, along with generalized skills for making adjustments in the body of knowledge (thinking skills, communication skills, and good personal habits). Adaptability is necessary because of the rapid pace of change; accordingly, emphasis on highly specific job-related skills is likely to be a disservice to students. The "bottom line" for schools is not to produce employability, but rather, to enable graduates to achieve improvement in the quality of their lives. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (117th, Dallas, TX, March 8-11, 1985).