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, MichaelPetrilli, Diane Ravitch, and Richard Rothstein, with responses from members ofthe 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.
Praise for the First Edition
"Anyone who hopes to hold a job in the next several decades should read if not memorize this extraordinary report."
Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and chairman,The National Academies Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century
"A brave, clear call for top–to–bottom reforms in U.S. education."
Chester E. Finn, Jr., senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and president,Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
Marc Tucker, President, National Center on Education and the Economy executive summary.
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.
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).
Trustees of the National Center on Education and the Economy.
Biographies of the Members of the Commission.
Commission Staff and Associates.