ERIC Number: ED319967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-26
Reference Count: N/A
State of the Workforce Address.
The U.S. work force is unready for the new jobs, unready for the new realities, unready for the new challenges of the 1990s. Across the board, jobs are demanding better reading, writing, and reasoning skills and more math and science. Statistics define the scope of the problem: 25 percent of young people drop out of high school; 70 percent of all high school seniors cannot write a basic letter seeking employment, and 60 percent of them cannot correctly add up their own lunch bills. The skills of a large number of experienced workers are now obsolete or soon will be made obsolete by changes in technology. At least 20 million adults experience substantial literacy problems. Proposals for partnerships between business, labor, and education include the following: a Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills; a school-to-work national conference; a "portable credentials" program; sharing of "best practices," a school and business relationship called Partners for Tomorrow, and the Secretary's "Lift (Labor Investing for Tomorrow) America" awards for outstanding business and school partnerships, innovative school-to-work programs, outstanding employee training programs, and superior efforts to make a difference in employee worklife through such efforts as child care programs, employee benefits, innovative labor and management initiatives, and recruiting of minorities, at-risk youth, the disabled, and the disadvantaged. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, At Risk Persons, Basic Skills, Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Employer Supported Day Care, Functional Literacy, High Risk Students, High Schools, Labor Force Development, Minority Groups, Personnel Selection, Quality of Working Life, Reading Skills, School Business Relationship, Transitional Programs, Workplace Literacy, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented to the State Teachers and Principals of the Year (Washington, DC, October 26, 1989).