Unemployment, Jobs, and Tracking

17 Jun

This story raises important questions about the unemployment dilemma. Our country has vacancies for highly-skilled manufacturing jobs but we don’t have the human capital. If we increase our vocational schools, kids may end up tracked into them at 14 or 15 years old. Non-white and low-income white kids are more likely to be tracked. So is there an issue here? This is an interesting question to raise to students when discussing either education or economy, but at a point when they understand tracking.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/15/137203549/two-million-open-jobs-yes-but-u-s-has-a-skills-mismatch

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One Response to “Unemployment, Jobs, and Tracking”

  1. ufgradsoc August 23, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Loss in wealth and unemployment in Blacks and whites, brief discussion on the state of race today with Julian Bond, a veteran civil rights activist.
    http://www.npr.org/2011/08/22/139859336/how-close-are-we-to-realizing-kings-dream

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