After decades of off-shoring and downsizing that have left blue collar workers obsolete, the United States is now on the verge of an industrial renaissance. We don't have a skilled labor pool to fill the positions that will be created, which are 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 deepened existing inequalities.Acclaimed sociologists Katherine Newman and Hella Winston argue we can do better. Taking a page from the successful experience of countries like Germany and Austria, they call for a radical reevaluation of the idea of vocational training. The United States can prepare a high performance labor force if we revamp our school system to value industry apprenticeship and technical education. By doing so, we will not only be able to meet the growing demand for skilled employees in dozens of sectors-we will make the American Dream accessible to all.
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"Authors Newman and Winston take a deep dive into education in the U.S. and around the world and provide a compelling argument for a renewed emphasis on vocational education at the high school level. They aim to replace the current idea that high schools need to prepare all students for college in order to secure their futures. Narrator Callie Beaulieu narrates this work in a straightforward way that emphasizes the practical approach of the authors. As cases are presented from Career and Technology Education (CTE) high schools in the United States as well as those in Europe, Beaulieu does not alter her pace or use any accents that would distract from the book's message. Overall, Beaulieu provides a reading that is easy to listen to at a pace that allows the listener to digest the stories and arguments. E.N. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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