ERIC Number: ED387592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Preparing Youth for a High Skilled Global Workforce.
Wills, Joan L.
In large measure, the United States is a country coming from far behind regarding even serious conversations about a national education system. Three pieces of federal legislation passed in 1994 are intertwined in purpose and actions. These include: the School-to-Work Opportunities Act; the Goals 2000: Educate America Act; and within the Goals 2000 legislation Title V establishing the National Skills Standards Act. Each represents capacity building/infrastructure development opportunities and reflects an effort to build and strengthen the base of current institutions while strengthening the links between those institutions in new and different ways. A connecting "lynch pin" of the systemic change strategy embedded in all three pieces of legislation is the development of standards. Goals 2000: Educate America Act defines three types of academic standards: content, performance, and opportunity-to-learn. A major element of the National Skills Standards Act is the creation of the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB). To encourage systematic reforms, the School-to-Work Opportunities Act set out to reverse the current fragmented approach to transition to work. To seize the opportunity, two major categories of tasks need to be addressed: invention and redirection tasks. The invention tasks are the missing links in the U.S. system. Employer involvement through an employer-led and -managed, neutral third-party intermediary organization is essential to building connections between school and work. (Appendixes include lists of where the employer community is needed, redirection and invention tasks, and types of skills.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.