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ERIC Number: EJ793957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
A World of Opportunity: Postsecondary Training and Education for All
Carnevale, Anthony
Community College Journal, v78 n3 p24-27 Dec 2007-Jan 2008
For most of the 20th century, high school was enough for a shot at middle-class status and wages. Eventually high school was surpassed by postsecondary education as the preferred route to professional and managerial jobs in the post-World War II era. This article describes how today, young workers rarely go anywhere in the American job market without at least some postsecondary education or training. The notion that everyone needs at least some college certainly does not go uncontested among the experts. Today, more than two-thirds of students go on to postsecondary education or formal training after high school. The maxims "college for all" and "postsecondary education and training for all" are here to stay, because they are animated by a uniquely American mix of cultural and political biases in combination with a set of economic forces that are driving a revolution in global human capital. In the United States, Americans welcome their increasing reliance on access to postsecondary education as the arbiter of individual career opportunity. This author states that the use of education as the arbiter of opportunity also complements other key preferences for an open economy and a limited government; for example, education, as opposed to job-specific training, helps workers develop the metacognitive skills to keep pace with changing skill requirements and fosters the economic self-reliance needed to ward off public dependency and an expanding welfare state.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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