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ERIC Number: ED522105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the "New" Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Executive Summary
National Center on Education and the Economy (NJ1)
A swiftly rising number of American workers at every skill level are in direct competition with workers in every corner of the globe. While the United States' relative position in the world's education league tables has continued its long slow decline, the structure of the global economy has continued to evolve. If the U.S. continue on its current course, and the number of nations outpacing it in the education race continues to grow at its current rate, the American standard of living will steadily fall relative to those nations, rich and poor, that are doing a better job. The core problem is that this nation's education and training systems were built for another era. The nation can get where it must go only by changing the system itself. This paper offers the following recommendations: (1) Assume that the nation will do the job right the first time; (2) Make much more efficient use of the available resources; (3) Recruit from the top third of the high school graduates going on to college for the next generation of school teachers; (4) Develop standards, assessments, and curriculum that reflect today's needs and tomorrow's requirements; (5) Create high performance schools and districts everywhere--how the system should be governed, financed, organized, and managed; (6) Provide high-quality, universal early childhood education; (7) Give strong support to the students who need it the most; (8) Enable every member of the adult workforce to get the new literacy skills; (9) Create personal competitiveness accounts--a GI Bill for the times; and (10) Create regional competitiveness authorities to make America competitive. [For related report, "Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Revised and Expanded Edition," see ED522110.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: National Center on Education and the Economy
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill