ERIC Number: ED296082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Education and Economic Growth: A Legislator's Guide.
Siegel, Peggy M.; And Others
Education for economic growth has become a rallying cry in state capitols in recent years. Initiatives in every state, prompted by legislators, governors, and the business sector, are intended to upgrade teaching and learning in the face of a dynamic, global economy. Competing theories describe the nature of that economy and argue over whether the United States will become a two-tiered society; however, the antagonists agree over the role of education in teaching prospective employees how to adapt their skills to meet the needs of a changing economy. Although education appears not to have figured prominently in business decisions on where to expand or relocate, this situation may be changing. More states are concentrating on nurturing homegrown businesses instead of chasing after that once-in-a-lifetime business location decision. The needs of employers are important to state efforts to link education and economic growth; just as important, however, are the needs of the potential employees (the students). Because the backgrounds of students are more diverse than in the past, policymakers will have to target their educational programs more effectively. At the same time, demographic trends indicate that citizens of one state will have a vested interest in the education provided to young people in other states. Educators want to be more involved in decisions affecting state economic development, but institutional linkages need to be forged. Although the verdict remains out on the impact of all this new activity, it is time for state policymakers to begin raising the appropriate questions. (KC)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, State Legislation, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.