Manufacturers Propose Roadmap for Education Reform
April 14, 2011
A skilled and educated workforce is the single most critical element of innovation capacity. Yet it's also the hardest asset to acquire, according to a new report. To address the problem, The Manufacturing Institute lays out key principles for education reform. While a barrage of recent research including reports from Towers Watson
- Introducing more technology-driven alternatives for secondary and postsecondary education, including computer-based instruction that is personalized for individual students and uses all the tech tools and applications currently available;
- Integrating "nationally portable, industry-recognized skills certification" into high school and community college degree programs of study, thereby providing a framework for engagement between education and manufacturers that produces a consistent set of credentials across the U.S.;
- Establishing competency-based education pathways built on standards, performance and proficiency, rather than seat time along with opportunities to earn interim credentials with value in the workplace, which allow students to advance in their education as they gain mastery; and
- Accelerating learning and compressing traditional secondary and postsecondary schedules through early college and dual enrollment models, changing the assumption about the length of schooling required to obtain skills and develop talent while also providing an opportunity to realize savings.