Industrial Policy: Implications for American Education. Delivered by Dr. Robert M. Worthington on Behalf of Dr. T. H. Bell, U.S. Secretary of Education
"Industrial policy" is an ambiguous term; however, diverse elements of our society can agree that "industrial policy" can be thought of as a combination of all the policies and practices that affect or are the consequences of a nation's ability to compete--policies and practices in the areas of international trade, capital investment, technological innovation, and human resources. Our primary thrust toward an industrial policy at present is the recognition that the United States must increase its industrial productivity. Before productivity can be increased, the following facts must be faced: (1) we are moving into a new economic era, one characterized by emphasis on information/high-technology/service industries; (2) productivity in this country has been too low for nearly 10 years; (3) a high-quality education is the essential foundation upon which this new economic era will be constructed; and (4) the American educational system is in trouble with too many functional illiterates and too many high school graduates who cannot read and add. Human resources are our raw materials for creating a new industrial order; therefore, our educational system must do a better job of preparing students for it. The present administration is attacking the problems in American education by reducing government regulations, emphasizing more basic and applied research, and emphasizing quality education and retraining. Recent grants have been made for projects to determine how technology can be used to improve education. Demonstration projects and "lighthouse" projects will be conducted to show how schools can use computers; the television show "3-2-1 Contact" has been funded, and studies of computer use in the classroom have begun. If our nation's productivity and competitiveness are to increase, an improvement in the educational system is necessary. (KC)
Bell, T.H. Industrial Policy: Implications for American Education. Delivered by Dr. Robert M. Worthington on Behalf of Dr. T. H. Bell, U.S. Secretary of Education.