Thinking for a Living
Education and the Wealth of Nations
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Thinking for a Living by Ray Marshall
Book DescriptionWhy should employers pay American workers much more to work far fewer hours a year than the competition? They won't--unless Americans know more and can do more than the workers with whom they compete. Thinking for a Living is the first book to address head-on the issue of the appalling mismatch between what our economy needs and what our educational institutions actually provide. A massive imbalance between the resources available for the education of our managerial, technical, and professional workers on the one hand, and our line workers on the other, threatens our economic survival, according to Marshall and Tucker. The book provides a blueprint for the radical reconstruction of our schools, following much the same principles that allowed some of America's leading industrial organizations to rescue themselves from the brink of ruin by greatly raising productivity without increasing costs. But education, the authors point out, is far more than schooling. All the major functions of our society must function as integrated learning systems. This book spells out how families, communities, and, most of all, businesses can contribute to the effectiveness of our most valuable resource: people. The American educational system is designed to meet the manpower needs of a bygone era. If America is to survive in the infinitely more demanding economic environment of the next century, we must maximize the skills of our work force. Our economic policies will fail--and our standard of living will fall--unless they are linked to an aggressive education policy that results in unprecedented levels of performance.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465085576
(203mm x 135mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 29-Sep-1993
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Ray Marshall
Ray Marshall, who was Secretary of Labor under President Carter, holds the Audre and Bernard Rappoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. Mark Tucker is President of the National Center on Education and the Economy and Professor Education at the University of Rochester.
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