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Why Our Kids Don't Study: an Economic Analysis of Causes & Proposed Remedies

by Owen, John D.

  • ISBN: 9780801849251
  • ISBN10: 080184925X

Why Our Kids Don't Study: an Economic Analysis of Causes & Proposed Remedies

by Owen, John D.

  • List Price: $34.50
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish date: 01/01/1995
  • ISBN: 9780801849251
  • ISBN10: 080184925X
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Description: Why do American students put less effort into school than those in almost any other industrialized country? The answer, suggests labor economist John Owen, is a startlingly simple matter of economic incentives. For most students, he contends, studying hard is literally not worth the trouble. Owen explains that for high school graduates without a college diploma or specialized skills, getting a good job depends largely on how well they do in the employment interview - not on how well they did in school. Even for the college-bound, incentives are limited, as many colleges accept students based on their ability to pay rather than their academic standings. Owen's proposed remedies for this situation include: encouraging employers to use high school grades, disciplinary records, and other credentials to rank applicants for good jobs; independent examinations at the national or regional level - also made available to employers - that measure academic and other achievements; an Americanized version of the European apprenticeship system to ease the transition from school to work; and allowing greater freedom of choice for students among schools and for schools among students. Why Our Kids Don't Study offers new solutions to an old problem. As the role of an educated work force in fostering American productivity and international competitiveness continues to occupy the nation's attention, the findings and proposals in John Owen's book are sure to spark discussion and debate.
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