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ERIC Number: ED322316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep-11
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
The New American Worker.
Cole, Paul F.
U.S. industry and the U.S workplace are changing. More highly skilled jobs are replacing unskilled and semiskilled jobs, and more jobs require higher-order thinking skills. At the same time, the education system is failing to educate young people to fill those jobs in the future. Although a higher percentage of students graduate than ever before, the skills many of these students learn in school do not prepare them for higher-level thinking and problem solving. Added to the problem is that more students today, and increasingly in the future, come from single-parent homes, from minority groups, and from poverty-level settings. Vocational education could be helpful for some of these students, because vocational programs teach problem-solving and analytical skills and reinforce basic communication and interpersonal skills. Public education has historically responded to the needs of a changing U.S. economy and society. Tomorrow, the challenge will be very different. The very nature of work and the workplace will require a new set of skills and the schools must prepare all students to be successful in the new work environment. The new worker is really two people: (1) a worker with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to function as a member of a team with ever-changing technology in a flexible production environment; and (2) a student who functions in a flexible learning environment. The nation's corporations are learning this; the nation's schools must learn it too. (48 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for a conference on "Policy Options and Strategies for Labor Shortages" (Buffalo, NY, September 11, 1989).