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ERIC Number: ED374264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The American School-to-Career Movement: A Background Paper for Policymakers and Foundation Officers.
Mendel, Richard
The school-to-career movement has reached critical mass on the U.S. political stage. It is not yet clear, however, whether this movement will have any substantive effect in the lives of youth---particularly those in the "neglected majority" who are not bound to graduate from a four-year college. In comparison to their European and Japanese counterparts, U.S. youth take a much longer time in settling into a career after high school graduation, with almost 30 percent of high school graduates not established in a career by age 30. Proposals to improve school-to-work transitions for youth have centered on a new type of "tracking," with tracking's attendant negatives, that would result in a "career prep" alongside "academic prep." Questions can be asked about the possibility of this approach making things worse for disadvantaged youth, but some proponents that they could not be any worse off than with the "no-track--no career" approach common now. Any career prep approach would require sound grounding in basic skills for all children and a better defined pathway to well-paying jobs. Among the pitfalls of this approach is the possibility that even if youth benefit from better career preparation, there still may not be jobs for them to put the skills to work. These questions must be further researched. (Contains 46 references.) (KC)
Lilly Endowment, Inc., 2801 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.