The ability of producing highly talented human capital that can adapt to the changing economic environment is one of the main components of maintaining prosperity in United States. “Today’s organizations place a high value on flexibility and agility, allowing them to sense and respond to changes in the market, technology, or the economy” (Nielson 65). The workforce is responsible for producing high quality goods and services that offer current and future needs of their target groups. The economic shifted from industrial to knowledge-based, which is not only driven by expansion of technology, globalization, and innovation, but how we should restructure our education programs so that future workers can become accustomed to this transition.
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One question I intend to answer is should employers play a larger role in secondary education reform, especially since large education gap stay prominent among certain groups? Another question is whether disregarding groups that lack access to high quality secondary education weaken a chance for a strong economic recovery? As a result, this research examines the quality of secondary education and certain groups that will experience constant failure because their situation caused them to lack access or attainment to adequate secondary education.
This study discusses how the transition of economy changes the type of industries that will create growth, but many employers are incapable of recruiting qualified workers, even during the recession. As far as education, the focal point is on secondary education because these institutions represent the last stage before students decide to either enter directly in the workforce or enroll in postsecondary institutions. “As of now, the federal funding in education targets the bookends of the education system—concentrating on grades pre-K–6 and higher education. The “missing middle” is our nation’s secondary schools, which receive little to no funding from the federal level” (Wise 2009). Leadership and employers have not paid enough attention in how the role of secondary education actually associates with talent that future graduates will posses