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Educating Workers for the New Economy

The last quarter-century has seen many jobs and workplaces transformed by technology, and the rate of change shows no sign of slowing. Succeeding in this environment will mean that workers need a firm foundation in basic skills, the sophistication and focus to work productively in new workplace cultures, and the ability to learn new skills and master new technologies throughout their careers.

How can the nation's educators hope to prepare students for jobs not yet in existence, with tools now being invented, and in industries only recently developed? Part of the answer lies, we think, in improving educators' understanding of the challenges of today's technical jobs--and in helping them find ways to provide students with a basis in and an awareness of the types of skills workers will need, from academic and technical to generic workplace competencies.


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