ERIC Number: ED292950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar-13
Reference Count: N/A
Shadows in the Wings: The Next Educational Reform. Occasional Paper No. 1.
Berryman, Sue E.
Skill requirements for the economy are changing. Whereas many jobs in industries such as insurance and banking once required high school graduates to do clerical work, computerization has changed the requirements. Job functions are combined, and many jobs now require college graduates to do analytical work. Although these skill changes require reforms in education such as those currently occurring, other more sweeping, as yet formless, reforms are needed in the educational system. The educational system defines skills and successes in terms of rather narrow academic criteria, whereas success in the real world can take a number of paths. Success in academic pursuits is not necessarily predictive of success in work, and failure in academic skill, beyond a certain basic universally needed level, does not necessarily presage work failure. Society needs and rewards many talents and attributes neither taught nor valued in academic institutions. Therefore, the next wave of educational reform needs to address the issue of how to help children make the best use of their individual talents. Children also should be taught real world-of-work values such as cooperation and team effort, as children in Japan are often taught. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Education and Employment, New York, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Educational Policy Forum sponsored by the American Educational Research Association and the Institute for Educational Leadership (Washington, DC, March 13, 1987).