ERIC Number: ED404456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Teaching the New Basic Skills. Principles for Educating Children To Thrive in a Changing Economy.
Murnane, Richard J.; Levy, Frank
This book proposes restructuring the education system using the principles and practices used by successful businesses during the past 15 years of rapid change. It suggests that the skills taught by schools today, even if test scores measure them as improving, are not sufficient for high school graduates in an increasingly-changing, challenging workplace. Instead, six New Basic Skills are proposed: (1) the ability to read at the ninth-grade level or higher; (2) the ability to do math at the ninth-grade level or higher; (3) the ability to solve semistructured problems where hypotheses must be tested; (4) the ability to work in groups with persons of different backgrounds; (5) the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and (6) the ability to use computers to carry out simple tasks such as word processing. The New Basic Skills can be imparted to students by following five principles that are also characteristic of good management in businesses: agree on the problem; provide the right incentives and opportunities; train the frontline workers; measure progress regularly; and persevere and learn from mistakes. Throughout the book, numerous examples are provided of companies requiring the New Basic Skills and schools striving to change in order to raise the achievement of students in attaining these skills. (KC)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Futures (of Society), Job Skills, School Business Relationship
Free Press, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED483073; ED498358