ERIC Number: ED366832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Quality Education: School Reform for the New American Economy.
Carnevale, Anthony P.; Porro, Jeffrey D.
The reform of schools and the modernization of workplaces are inextricably linked. Finding common ground begins with a realization that educators have a tripartite mission to teach students to be good neighbors, involved citizens, and qualified workers. Unless the reform of schools and reform of workplaces proceed at the same pace, a mismatch is risked between the supply of educated employees and the demand for them. To meet new international standards of quality, schools must undergo as thorough a reform as workplaces. They must do the following: provide more variety, customization, and convenience; be timely; get innovations; and deliver social responsibility. The required changes are the same ones required for business: new technology, new organizational formats, a highly skilled and autonomous work force, new management techniques, and labor-management collaboration. Changing the system requires new curriculum, changes in teacher preparation, ensured access for schools to high technology, a focus on needs of noncollege-bound students, and integrating academic and applied learning. (An appendix provides 152 reference notes. An executive summary highlights education's tripartite mission, convergence of business and education goals, using new technology, creating high-performance work systems, maintaining economic returns to education, measuring up to new skill standards, increasing value of education, integrating academic and experiential learning, and improving collaboration between schools and employers. Twenty reference notes are included.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Futures (of Society), Labor Force Development, Organizational Change, Organizational Development, Quality Control, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Society for Training and Development, Alexandria, VA.