ERIC Number: ED371207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-19
Redefining the Purpose of Education: Providing Students with a Seamless Transition from School-to-Work. Recommendations from the Speaker's Blue Ribbon Commission on Career/Technical Education.
Michigan State Legislature, Lansing.
A study by a commission of the Michigan House of Representatives determined that the gap between what students need to know to become employed and what they are learning in school is widening. In Michigan and nationally, a serious mismatch has developed between the traditional basic skills that are taught in middle school and high school today and the new and different basic skills that are now required and being demanded in the workplace. With these thoughts in mind, the commission formulated five recommendations: (1) redefine the purpose of education to provide all students with the education, skills, and training needed to enable them to make a seamless transition from high school to further education or the world of work; (2) identify the jobs that will be available in the future and the education, skill level, and training that will be necessary to obtain those jobs; (3) the focus of education must be on the achievement of competencies and mastery of skills that students will need in the next century; (4) business and higher education are essential links in ensuring that students are provided with a successful school-to-work transition; and (5) funding cannot be addressed without understanding what exists today and what will be needed in the future. Recommendations were made to develop programs and educational curricula to address the five conclusions reached by the commission. (Contains 39 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Legislature, Lansing.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan