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ERIC Number: ED380351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Pages: 12
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Education for 2001 and Beyond.
Lockwood, John H.
This essay presents the major ideas of the book "The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism" (1991), written by Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Reich describes the development of the symbolic-analyst as the new citizen in the economic order, utilizing the basic skills of abstraction, system thinking, experimentation, and collaboration. The two other classes of citizens are the in-person servers performing face-to-face tasks and routine producers performing low-level computations and repetitive tasks. All citizens affect the international corporate webs of the economic system. The essay cites several problems with Reich's vision of the economic world: (1) the financial costs to upgrade social services and education; (2) the stratification of the social classes and the increased emphasis placed on a technical education as compared to more aesthetic pursuits; and (3) the incomplete vision for change offered by Reich. Bilingual education and cultural awareness initiatives were omitted from the vision for change as the world becomes more diverse. Curriculum recommendations for the future are suggested. (EH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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