ERIC Number: ED320277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Education and the Next Economy.
Reich, Robert B.
The features of a mass production-based economy are traced and contrasted within a competitive global marketplace in this political-economic analysis. The early reform movement's equation of "more" with "better" is no longer appropriate to meet the human resource needs of a nation undergoing profound economic changes. Older industrial economies such as the United States have two options: stabilize mass production by cutting costs, or increase the value of labor. Each path requires a different organization of work and type of work force. The second path relies on a work force capable of rapid learning in order to compete successfully in the world market. To prepare the nation's labor force, American education faces four challenges: (1) improve basic literacy and numeracy skills; (2) promote collaboration between specialized disciplines; (3) encourage teacher and student responsibility; and (4) avoid fragmentation of elite/less privileged groups. (22 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.