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ERIC Number: ED537483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-19
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Tough Choices or Tough Times: Bolder Steps for Education Philanthropy? Notes and Resources from the GFE Foundation Leaders Institute (Tamaya, New Mexico, October 19, 2007)
Mackinnon, Anne
Grantmakers for Education
In late 2006, the National Center on Education and the Economy released "Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce." With compelling language, the report updated and sharpened the findings of the center's influential 1990 report, "America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages," which called attention to the widespread loss of portable low-skill jobs from the U.S. economy. The 2006 report delivered further bad news: the job loss trend has spread to high-skill sectors, as school systems in countries such as China, Korea and India increase their nations' supplies of workers with advanced technical skills. Meanwhile, the supply of highly qualified graduates of American secondary schools is failing to keep pace. "Tough Choices or Tough Times" argues for an aggressive realignment of the nation's education and workforce development systems. Foundation leaders encouraged the Council on Foundations and Grantmakers for Education to convene a joint discussion to examine the commission's findings, debate its recommendations and consider its implications for grantmakers. This report includes, in summary form, many of the key materials discussed at the meeting, along with highlights of the conversation. This publication contains the following: (1) Introduction: Education and the National Economy (Robert King); (2) The Dilemma: Tough Choices or Tough Times? (Charles Knapp); (3) Creating High-Performance School Systems at Scale (James Shelton); (4) Attracting and Retaining the Most Talented Teachers (Kate Walsh); (5) Offering the Benefits of Higher Education and Workforce Training to More Students and Adult Learners (Steve Gunderson); and (6) Conclusion: What Can Philanthropy Do to Accelerate Change? (Terry Marzany). (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Grantmakers for Education