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Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, Revised and Expanded Edition

Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, Revised and Expanded Edition

National Center on Education and the Economy

ISBN: 978-1-119-17783-8

Jun 2015, Jossey-Bass

264 pages

$14.99

Description

Tough Choices or Tough Times, the report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, shows how the dynamics of the global economy will lead to a steady decline in the American standard of living if this country does not undertake the first thorough overhaul of its education system in a century. This new revised and expanded version of Tough Choices or Tough Times includes:
  • An updated Introduction
  • A summary of the Commission's proposals
  • Commentaries on the proposals by Denis Doyle, Lawrence Mishel, Michael Petrilli, Diane Ravitch, and Richard Rothstein, with responses from members of the Commission.

Tough Choices or Tough Times provides a well-researched analysis of the issues and a compelling set of proposals for changing our system of education.

introduction to the revised edition.

Marc Tucker, President, National Center on Education and the Economy executive summary.

preface.

prologue.

part i : The Nature of the Challenge Now.

part ii : The Scenario: The Recommendations as They Might Look from the Vantage Point of an Observer in 2021.

comments.

background papers.

Estimates of the Additional Expense and Savings Associated with the Commission’s Proposed Reforms in Elementary and Secondary Education.

Teachers and Teaching Policy.

Early Childhood Education.

The Adult Workforce.

commentary on the report.

“Tough Choices”: Change the System, or Suffer the Consequences (Marc S. Tucker).

“Tough Choices”: Radical Ideas, Misguided Assumptions (Diane Ravitch).

Education’s “Grand Departure”: Defending the Skills Commission’s Vision for the Future (Thomas W. Payzant, Charles B. Reed).

Making Tough Choices (Marc S. Tucker).

Th e New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce: Old News or New News? (Denis P. Doyle).

Big Challenges, Bold Ideas (Michael J. Petrilli).

False Alarm (Lawrence Mishel, Richard Rothstein).

The Economic Case for Education Reform (Marc S. Tucker).

Improper Diagnosis, Reckless Treatment (Lawrence Mishel, Richard Rothstein).

Reckless and Wildly Exaggerated? We Don’t Think So! A Response to Mishel and Rothstein (Marc S. Tucker).

appendixes.

The Study.

Trustees of the National Center on Education and the Economy.

Biographies of the Members of the Commission.

Commission Staff and Associates.

"The book is a must read for anyone involved in the educational process in the United States." (NACADA, Nov 20, 2007)
  • The statement of recommendations for 21st century education--essential reading and discussion for everyone in educational administration.
  • A bi-partisan commission, whose members come from the worlds of business, labor, education, higher education, K-12 education,
  • Proposes a major shake-up in educational priorities: Recommendations will become the cornerstone for the next generation of education reforms and will be a “must-read” for a wide range of educators