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Majority of execs say education/skills crisis damaging economy

March 4, 2011 13:34 by jllorens

(From news.sky.com) Young people are less employable than they were 10 years ago because of a lack of skills due to poor education, a survey suggests.

The poll, by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), said 76% of executives agreed that failures in the education system were fuelling a skills crisis that was damaging the economy.

A high number of employers said they had encountered problems with young people's discipline and punctuality (61%), workplace skills (63%) and attitude and ambition (66%).

Of the 600 managers surveyed,47% agreed that business involvement in the education process would improve the employability of young people.

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Schools to be more like workplace says UK Education Secretary

March 4, 2011 12:10 by jllorens

(From telegraph.co.uk) Tens of thousands of pupils will be sent to colleges and a new breed of technical schools from the age of 14, where they will work "business hours" and attend classes for an extra two weeks a year.

More professionals and business figures should be brought into mainstream comprehensives to help teach vocational courses, while companies could be paid to let their trainee staff attend lessons.

The proposals are contained in a blueprint for vocational studies intended to put an end to the "scandalous" failure of state education to ensure school-leavers are competent at reading, writing and mathematics. More than half of 16 year-olds complete compulsory education in England without achieving a basic C grade in both English and maths, and most then follow what ministers have called "dead end" vocational courses.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, published plans which would see many work-related qualifications scrapped in favour of a new system in which employers play a much greater role.

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PreK-12 Dominates Growth in E-Learning

January 21, 2011 17:24 by jllorens

(From TheJournal.com) Driven in part by rapid growth in online education, by 2015, preK-12 academic institutions in the United States will spend $4.9 billion on "self-paced" electronic learning products and services, according to a new report released this week by research firm Ambient Insight. That represents a compound annual growth rate of 16.8 percent from 2010 spending levels, outpacing every other segment, including higher education and healthcare.

The report, "The US Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2010-2015 Forecast and Analysis," encompasses a category of electronic learning that Ambient Insight refers to as "self-paced," which includes learning management, classroom management, and learning content management systems, along with student information systems and hosted learning platforms, among others. This category does not include mobile learning, gaming, or several other major e-learning categories.

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Ghana's Danquah Institute Exec: Youth Need Education, Skills And Jobs, Not A National Youth Policy

October 4, 2010 12:47 by jllorens

(From GhanaWeb.com) The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has criticized what he calls “a hopeless national obsession with a Youth Policy, which hitherto its absence for a long time served as a topic of agitation for youth groups and a convenient excuse for how we have failed in preparing the vast majority of Ghanaian youths for the future.”

According to him, “Sadly, Ghana remains hooked on form and not substance. Yet, everything a society does is about the youth. Even pension schemes are set up to provide for the youth in their old age. We should just stop wasting time and get on with the real task of building a society of opportunities, which means recognizing that the foundation of our nation is the education of its youth.”

Also, Mr Otchere-Darko expressed anxiety with the decision of Government to reduce the Senior High School back to three years instead of four years.

“The average kid may spend more than half of her waking hours up until the age of 18 outside of school. What they do with that time may have a far critical impact on what becomes of them in the future than the shorter period that they spend in school. It can be a very, very expensive leisure time for both parents and society,” he warned.

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Ed Gordon’s book Winning the Global Talent Showdown quoted in Waiting for Superman documentary; Oprah features documentary

September 21, 2010 13:53 by Victoria Devaux

 

A brand new documentary by Davis Guggenheim, Waiting for “Superman”, releases on September 24th. This groundbreaking story takes a critical look at America’s public school system through the eyes of five young students. The film tells a story meant to help change the nation’s education system.  

Waiting for Superman quotes and discusses Edward Gordon’s book, Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline (BK & ASTD Press, 2009) and acknowledges it in the credits. Gordon speaks to the global talent shortage and describes how schools, businesses, training organizations, and others are joining together to develop revolutionary new approaches to education and training that will prepare workers for the realities of the 21st century. His book is part of the answer to the problems Waiting for Superman addresses. 

Yesterday, on September 20th, 2010, Oprah Winfrey featured this award-winning documentary on her show. She entertained guests Bill Gates and director Guggenheim on the episode dedicated to this gripping challenge American students and their families face. Read more about the shocking state of the American school system that this film exposes. You can also pledge to see the film and learn about ways to contribute to the solution. 


 


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Need for New Style of Business Leaders

March 24, 2010 17:54 by jllorens

Minneapolis, MN (Vocus/PRWEB ) March 24, 2010 -- Bob MacDonald, former CEO of Allianz Life of North America and financial services contrarian, charged today that the U.S. needs to develop a new style of leadership if it is to maintain its position as the world’s leader in business.

Writing for the new web site www.ethicalleader.net/blog, MacDonald claims that the new millennium has brought political and economic changes that make true ethical leadership—already a scarce commodity in many businesses—more important that ever.

“Business as usual will be insufficient in this new competitive era,” said MacDonald. “If we are to stay on top, we need more businessmen and women whose leadership style goes beyond the basics. We need a new type of leader who is capable of rising above the traditional standards of ethics and leadership.”

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Texas: Students Invited to Learn Leadership Skills

January 27, 2010 17:24 by jllorens

(From the Star-Telegram) Approximately 150 students from the Grapevine-Colleyville, Carroll and Keller school districts are expected to converge on the Grapevine Convention Center on Jan. 28 for the North Texas Youth Leadership Institute seminar, "Leadership at Any Age and Any Title." All students will be juniors and seniors who have been selected by their schools.

The institute hopes to provide students compelling examples of entrepreneurship, innovativeness and efforts that rise above adversity, according to organizers. The program is presented by the Southlake Kiwanis and the Carroll school district in conjunction with the Grapevine-Colleyville and Keller school districts.

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Program teaches teens workplace skills

July 27, 2009 13:02 by jllorens

(From The Detroit News) Utica -- Summer break hasn't stopped LoTia Colbert and Nicholas Massengale from learning a few things.

But instead of reading, writing and 'rithmetic, the teens are getting lessons in what it takes to land and keep a job.

"It's been very exciting," said Colbert, who will be starting her senior year at Mohegan Alternative High School in the fall. "I've learned a lot about putting together a resume, how to fill out an application and how to conduct myself in job interviews."

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Workers scramble to learn new skills

February 3, 2009 10:00 by jllorens

(Anita Bruzzese, GANNETT NEWS SERVICE) Because many businesses are stalling in this difficult economic climate and laying off workers at all levels, employees are scrambling to find training as fast as possible to fill open positions in such job-rich industries as technology and health care.

That’s why many are turning to vocational-technology schools or even apprenticeship programs, finding they can earn good salaries after a few years— or less— of training.

“It’s a whole new world out there,” says Dr. Laura Wyant, chair of the division of human development and allied technology for Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. “People know they need to get the skill set that employers are interested in.”

For example, vo-tech schools typically offer training in fields such as welding or auto repair— and still do— but the coursework has moved into more professional fields such as dental or pharmacy technicians and paralegals. These jobs can typically offer salaries in the high mid-$40,000 range and have tens of thousands of openings across the country.

“Right now, we are saturated with people who have business degrees,” Wyant says. “As the workplace changes, we’re going to see more professionals needing technical assistance than they have in the past.”

At the same time, Wyant says “more than ever” mid-career professionals are going back to vo-tech or community colleges to learn new skills because they can’t find work in their current industry

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