ERIC Number: ED408498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Philosophy of Vocational Education.
Fusch, Gene E.
In the increasingly technological world, it is imperative that workers receive training for the jobs of today and retraining for the jobs of the future. It has been proposed that businesses provide all of this training, because businesses benefit from having highly skilled workers and such a system might reduce taxes. This plan is flawed, however, for a number of reasons. For example, the high costs of training by businesses would be passed on to consumers, resulting in higher prices. In addition, many small businesses cannot afford training, and unemployed persons would not benefit from business training, since they would not be able to obtain it. Disabled and disadvantaged people would not be likely to obtain training from employers. Because society benefits from vocational training for a number of reasons, such as more happily employed people and less crime, society as a whole should pay for much of vocational education within the school system as well as through lifelong learning opportunities for persons who have completed school and need or want to retrain. Societal support for vocational education is imperative for the United States to prepare workers for the technical age of today and tomorrow. (KC)
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Employer Attitudes, Government Role, Job Training, Lifelong Learning, Postsecondary Education, Program Costs, Retraining, Secondary Education, Small Businesses, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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