Friday, May 16, 2014

Education and the New Labor Market

Richard Froeschle,  Deputy Director of the Texas Workforce Commission gave a very interesting lecture on what it means for us to align public education with the labor market. 

Speaking at the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce he spoke to why Texas' workforce has not only fared better than the rest of the country, but the challenges that represents to educators. Froeschle's forecast that we are becoming a state in which those without an adequate education are destined to take their place among the very poor while those with education that trains them to work with their heads and hands provides empirical evidence for what most of us in the non-profit world see daily. In effect the gap between the haves and have nots is becoming wider. 

Froeschle's gives remedy for most of his diagnosis but it all goes to money (its redirection) and the redirection of youth and college age young adults towards professions which prepare them for a world in which real skills are necessary. He's not calling for an end to liberal arts, but education that teaches the arts and literature but one that teaches students skills that make them more gainfully employable. 

This video is the speech he gave in Dallas (only its recorded in Houston). It has implications for not only public education, but adult education and more particularly job training. 

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