ERIC Number: ED402486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-18
School to Work. Why Students Don't Know What They Want To Do!
Doty, Charles R.
The focus of prekindergarten-grade 12 education has changed from maintaining a democracy to producing people who will enter college to become the scientists and engineers required to maintain the U.S. economy. Students who do not "fit" that curriculum are to be ignored. Despite the widening gap between the numbers of individuals preparing for professional jobs and job demand, many parents still have unrealistic expectations regarding the return on investment in a college education, and huge numbers of students still attend college with no career goal in mind. Like many other educational initiatives before it, school-to-work has been designed for the best students preparing for the best jobs and it does not consider labor market realities adequately. The following factors have made it difficult for students to formulate realistic career goals: lack of career guidance, up-to-date information on careers/jobs, and information about themselves; rapid changes in job demand; emphasis on more education for entering the next level of education; and unrealistic expectations. The situation is not hopeless, however. New technology and information sources, such as the Internet, contain information that educators can use to provide a curriculum that is more relevant to real-life expectations. (Contains 57 references including articles, books, curriculum sources, evaluation systems, ERIC sources, internet sources, newspapers, and school-to-work-sources.) (MN)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Cost Effectiveness, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Labor Needs, Noncollege Bound Students, Public Policy, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Phi Delta Kappa Rutgers University Chapter (Piscataway, NJ, November 18, 1996).