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ERIC Number: EJ776909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 4
Globalization and World-Class Schools
Milner, Joseph O.
Educational Horizons, v86 n1 p45-52 Fall 2007
The rush of jobs from the United States to other nations has been explained by the Bush administration as a win-win situation for both technically advanced and developing countries. The free-market argument claims that the more sophisticated, complex jobs generated by an avalanche of new industries will be won by a well-trained, highly educated labor force, while the less-complex jobs will be left to workers in less-developed nations. If this free-trade utopia were to emerge, the responsibility for preparing such an advanced competitive workforce would fall to America's schools. As such, America's schools must become more serious about teaching advanced knowledge to all or most students; otherwise, nations that are pressing their students to reach higher academic standards will take the new jobs, and our students will fall behind. To understand this pressure for world-class schools in a "flat world economy," it seems more important than ever to find out what advanced knowledge and academic skills leaders in business and industry expect from America's high school graduates. This article presents and analyzes the findings of a survey conducted among a group of chief executive officers (CEOs), elected officials, school leaders, and health administrators in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to understand what schools must do to prepare students for globalization. The appendix contains: Survey of School-Developed Skills.
Descriptors: Global Approach, Academic Standards, Labor Force Development, Educational Change, High School Graduates, Surveys, Administrator Attitudes, Skill Development, Knowledge Level, Advanced Courses
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; United States