Reskilling America

Reskilling America

Learning to Labor in the Twenty-first Century

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"After decades of off-shoring and downsizing that have left blue collar workers obsolete and stranded, the United States is now on the verge of an industrial renaissance. But we don't have a skilled enough labor pool to fill the positions that will be created, which are in many cases technically demanding and require specialized skills. A decades-long series of idealistic educational policies with the expressed goal of getting every student to go to college has left a generation of potential workers out of the system. Touted as a progressive, egalitarian institution providing opportunity even to those with the greatest need, the American secondary school system has in fact deepened existing inequalities. We can do better, argue acclaimed sociologists Katherine Newman and Hella Winston. Taking a page from the successful experience of countries like Germany and Austria, where youth unemployment is a mere 7%, they call for a radical reevaluation of the idea of vocational training, long discredited as an instrument of tracking. The United States can prepare a new, high-performance labor force if we revamp our school system to value industry apprenticeship and rigorous technical education. By doing so, we will not only be able to meet the growing demand for skilled employees in dozens of sectors where employers decry the absence of well trained workers -- we will make the American Dream accessible to all"--
"From Katherine Newman, award-winning author of No Shame in My Game, and sociologist Hella Winston, a sharp and irrefutable call to reenergize this nation's long-neglected system of vocational trainingAfter decades of off-shoring and downsizing that have left blue collar workers obsolete and stranded, the United States is now on the verge of an industrial renaissance. But we don't have a skilled enough labor pool to fill the positions that will be created, which are in many cases technically demanding and require specialized skills. A decades-long series of idealistic educational policies with the expressed goal of getting every student to go to college has left a generation of potential workers out of the system. Touted as a progressive, egalitarian institution providing opportunity even to those with the greatest need, the American secondary school system has in fact deepened existing inequalities. We can do better, argue acclaimed sociologists Katherine Newman and Hella Winston. Taking a page from the successful experience of countries like Germany and Austria, where youth unemployment is a mere 7%, they call for a radical reevaluation of the idea of vocational training, long discredited as an instrument of tracking. The United States can prepare a new, high-performance labor force if we revamp our school system to value industry apprenticeship and rigorous technical education. By doing so, we will not only be able to meet the growing demand for skilled employees in dozens of sectors where employers decry the absence of well trained workers -- we will make the American Dream accessible to all"--
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627793285
1627793283
Branch Call Number: 370.11309 N4657R 2016
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Winston, Hella

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Feb 22, 2016

[Update: A perfect example of why these authors are a farce: David Ross of KIRO, a Seattle radio station, was doing his usual early morning business advert disguised as community news, on offshoring, claiming that jobs had to be continued to be offshored for the good of the economy - - complete traitorous nonsense and inexcusable even for a faux crat poseur rightwinger like him!
The authors and description state: // the United States is now on the verge of an industrial renaissance \\ Bulltwacky! All the indicators say elsewise, and the spurt in steel-making was 100% attributable to fracking --- all those required steel structures, and now that new steel spurt has ended!]
I haven't read this book yet, but did hear the author in an interview - - and I believe she is completely nuts - - totally whacked out!
If or when the Trans-Pacific Parntership is passed [Bill Clinton: TPP lobbyist], an entire onslaught of jobs offshoring will begin anew, and with 50% of all new IT hires being foreign visa replacement - - SCAB - - workers, and with automating of jobs going fullbore her thesis is beyond moronic. Also, the passage of the TPP is estimated to decrease real wages of 90% of American workers. That so-called new surge in steel industry was SOLELY due to the fracking industry, which is down in the dumps now.
Minus 20 stars for profound stupidity - - we've been hearing this regurgitated crap for 40 years now . . .

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