Making the Grade: How a New Youth Apprenticeship System Can Change Our Schools and Save American Jobs

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The present governor of Maine outlines his plan to turn students into skilled employees, a plan that features an apprenticeship program for high-school students.

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Written by Maine governor John R. McKernan, this is a wake-up call for educational reform. According to the author, most American high-school graduates enter the job market ill-prepared for the world of work; many lack basic skills, motivation, and discipline. McKernan advocates a youth apprenticeship program to help. While he does not claim such a program will solve the myriad education problems in the U.S., he nonetheless points to it as the beginning of a long-term effort to ensure that future workers have the education and skills needed to thrive in the modern workplace. Of interest to teachers, school administrators, parents, and community activists, this book details the steps for setting up a program like the one he advocates. Succinct and well-written, Making the Grade explains how to achieve the ideal relationship between school, business, and government that is essential to a successful program. Kathleen Hughes

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In this latest prescription for educational reform, the governor of Maine states the need for a youth apprenticeship system in America. Having created successful apprenticeship programs in his state, McKernan, believes that a partnership among schools, businesses, and government can help prepare students for future jobs. His step-by-step guide for implementing a similar program in other states will undoubtedly require strong political support from state governments, school superintendents, and educators. Making the Grade is sure to spark numerous debates in this year of financial constraints. This well-written and readable book is recommended for libraries serving politicians, educators, and administrators at state and local levels.
Samuel T. Huang, Northern Illinois Univ. Libs., DeKalb
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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