ERIC Number: ED414369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Standards Mean Business.
American business is caught in a painful paradox because, although there are many applicants for jobs, few have the skills employers require. The mismatch between skills required and skills available generates huge costs for industry. Some are clearly related to school-system underperformance, but others are less obviously related to lax educational standards. Corporate taxes support a range of public sector costs, which include educational remediation and other costs of school failure. Setting educational standards calibrated to the workplace is a first step toward ending this inefficiency. Standards-driven reform is the best way to equip students for the opportunities offered by the new economy. The principal beneficiaries of higher academic standards would be young people themselves as they become equipped to compete for better jobs, but companies would also benefit. Effective reform requires moving from a minimum competency mindset to one that demands high achievement. Business leaders can help by speaking frankly about the gap between company needs and student preparation. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Business Responsibility, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Qualifications, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, Standard Setting, Standards
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: IBM Foundation.
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.