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NCJ Number: 121009 Find in a Library
Title: Youth, Employment and Education
Journal: Future Choices: Toward a National Youth Policy  Dated:Premier Edition (Spring 1989)  Pages:71-76
Author(s): P Weckstein
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The United States must recognize that it must focus on changing both its educational system and its workplaces, because the economy is failing to use the capacities of its workers and the educational system is failing to develop these capacities.
Abstract: Thus, the focus of reforms should not be on the schools alone. Even the most difficult educational problems would become much easier to solve if the local economy were being restructured to assure that good jobs that provide good income and demand the full use of each person's creative capacities were indeed available for all. Unfortunately, youth from low-income communities see high levels of youth unemployment as well as jobs involving only low skills and low wages for youths who do stay in school. Although our long-term economic interests lie in a high-skill, high-wage economy, short-term interests often create pressures to emphasize low-skill occupations. Therefore, Federal programs based on the involvement of local communities are needed to promote the kinds of local economic development and educational improvements that are needed.
Main Term(s): Economic planning; Youth employment
Index Term(s): Education; Federal programs; Socioeconomic development
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