ERIC Number: ED400137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep-17
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Ethics and the Proper Aims of School-To-Work for Rural Places: A Differing Perspective.
Howley, Craig B.
This paper addresses philosophical and ethical issues regarding school-to-work issues in public education. The purpose of school-to-work programs is to help students obtain employment. This paper asserts that schools should prepare students for work, but the concept of "work" entails much more than just securing employment. School-to-work programs are designed for populations in metropolitan areas and are not geared for the needs of rural communities and rural populations. For instance, school-to-work programs prepare students for high-tech, high-paying jobs. In contrast, the future job market in rural West Virginia involves low-skill, low-wage, and part-time employment. In a four-county area experiencing rapid growth in West Virginia, the outlook for future jobs focuses mainly on food preparation, guard work, and home health care. In addition, it appears that there may not be enough job growth in West Virginia to sustain the employment of all high school and postsecondary graduates. The bottom line is that while job holding may be a defendable goal in urban areas, it may not be relevant to the differing nature of "work" in rural areas and can easily become another means for sorting students into vocational and academic tracks. In addition, school-to-work programs encourage students to leave rural areas in search of high-tech, high-paying jobs. In order to preserve rural communities, school-to-work programs need to promote community stewardship and a sense of community among students. Such aims have to do with larger purposes and commitments that are worthy to be the object of true education. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: West Virginia