ERIC Number: ED441178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Competing in an International Era: Preparing the Workforce for the Global Economy. In Depth.
Harmon, Robert, Ed.
Workforce Economics, v6 n1 p3-8 Spr 2000
During the past decade, countries in Asia, Latin America, and Central Europe have been experiencing a number of converging factors that drive economic growth, propelling them toward greater economic competitiveness with the economies of the United States (U.S.), Japan, and Western Europe. A major driving force behind this global economic growth is improved access to education. A better-educated population creates a workforce that is more knowledgeable, skilled, and efficient and that understands and can use technology to increase productivity. Emerging-market economies are gaining ground on the United States far faster than most people are aware; a much more competitive global economy is emerging. Of paramount importance to future U.S. economic growth is the rejuvenation of the U.S. education system, which will ensure a world-class workforce that is able to perform effectively in an increasingly competitive world, along with the development of short-program credentials to get workers the necessary skills training faster. A number of elements have been identified as key to boosting U.S. student achievement, including: rigorous standards; student assessments; accountability; rewards; investment in schools; and better training in science and mathematics for all students. The key to continuing prosperity in the United States is the intellectual capacity of students and workers, and the U.S. must accelerate the pace of change in schools and other learning forums to enable the U.S. economy and U.S. companies to thrive in the future. (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Productivity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.