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The problem with economically fixated reform

Nov 6, 2012 by

By Chris Gilbert –

Each year, my students ask me the same question: “How will I use this in the real world?”

These students want to know if I, their high-school English teacher, am giving them useful skills. Their inquiry translated: “How will this novel/poem/short story/discussion/essay help me get a job and make money?” This question troubles me, but I don’t blame them for asking it; their concern about the economic applicability of education is legitimate, and they are certainly not alone in assessing education by this measuring stick. Presidential candidates are also interested in the correlation between the classroom and the workplace, and each primarily describes education reform from an economic standpoint:

President Obama’s stance, as displayed on The White House’s website, reads, “To prepare Americans for the jobs of the future and help restore middle-class security, we have to out-educate the world and that starts with a strong school system.”

Mitt Romney’s website reads, “To restore America’s promise, and get Americans working again, we must achieve meaningful reform in our education system.”

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