ERIC Number: ED414635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Shell Game: Corporate America's Agenda for Schools.
Boutwell, Clinton E.
Unless there is a fundamental change in business practices and the education system, millions of American university and high school graduates will be unable to find challenging, well-paying work. The dilemma is that there are many well-qualified graduates and too few jobs. This book explores a number of critical issues for today's schools and tomorrow's work force: With too few decent job opportunities, how can education be an advantage? Is the whole push for greater numbers of "high-tech, high-skill" workers a fraud? To meet new standards of performance and expectations, high schools will need a complete metamorphosis. Chapter 1 discusses the causes of the jobs dilemma and analyzes projections of future workplace needs. Chapter 2 describes the consequences of the current economic trend. The Chapter 3 counters the charge that public education is to blame for economic downturn and drop in standard of living in the 1980s and 90s. Chapter 4 discusses whether job-expansion strategies are feasible, and chapter 5 argues that American corporations could afford to expand job opportunities if they wanted to. High-performance work organizations and their different approaches to employees are described in chapter 6. Chapter 7 asks whether the schools can provide the kind of high-tech, knowledge works an expanded job market will demand. Chapter 8 describes exemplary practices of high schools and colleges in preparing students for the job market. Chapter 9 calls for more sophisticated professional-development programs, with an emphasis on professional-development schools. Twenty tables and chapter endnotes are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Higher Education, Job Development, Job Layoff, Labor Economics, Labor Force Development, Organizational Development, Productivity, School Business Relationship, Structural Unemployment
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.