The Education-Jobs Gap: Underemployment or Economic Democracy

By D. W. Livingstone | Go to book overview

exist in the tacit foreknowledge of the general public. Where are "the serious leaders who are for the people?"


CONCLUDING REMARKS

The shortage of adequate paid work is a far more profound problem than most political leaders are yet prepared to admit publicly. The real scope of underemployment continues to be underestimated because so much of it beyond official unemployment counts remains hidden in the underground economy, the household and prisons, among discouraged and involuntary part-time workers, and in the largely invisible credential and performance gaps. Most political leaders persist in focusing on enhancing a "training culture" as the primary policy response, when a continual learning culture is already thriving across the current and potential workforce. In collaboration with corporate business leaders, elected politicians continue to promote partnership programs to try to ensure that specific groups of potential workers obtain better employability skills. 25 Indeed, the focus on education and training solutions has continued to mount, to the level of colleges now offering warranties that include taking back their graduates from unhappy employers for retraining ( Lewington 1994). Many educational reforms may be admirable in themselves. But they remain utterly incapable of resolving the problem of underemployment. Basically, most political leaders continue to be preoccupied with shuffling education and training deck chairs on increasingly computerized workships while the sea of underemployment mounts.

Will the popular support among both the employed and the growing ranks of the underemployed for progressive economic reforms, such as genuine workplace democratization and a reduced normal workweek, be taken up effectively in local, national and international initiatives by progressive political movements such as the advocates of the new economics and political ecology? Or can vested economic and political power hierarchies continue to promote the "more education as secular salvation" solution in conjunction with individual internalization of the blame for underemployment, fear of unemployment and a sense that there is no real economic alternative? The massive systemic extent of underemployment in all of its aspects must be widely recognized and the false claims for a "knowledge economy" full of "high performance," "learning organizations" must be directly confronted. Otherwise, the wastage of much of our work-related edu-

-274-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Education-Jobs Gap: Underemployment or Economic Democracy
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables and Figures ix
  • Preface xii
  • Acknowledgements xiv
  • Introduction Reversing the Education-Jobs Optic 1
  • 1 - The Knowledge Society: Pyramids and Icebergs of Learning 12
  • Introduction 12
  • Concluding Remarks 51
  • 2 - The Many Faces of Underemployment 52
  • Introduction 52
  • Concluding Remarks 94
  • 3 - Voices from the Gap: Underemployment and Lifelong Learning 97
  • 3 Voices from the Gap: Underemployment and Lifelong Learning 97
  • Concluding Remarks 131
  • 4 - Debunking the Knowledge Economy": The Limits of Human Capital Theory" 133
  • Introduction 133
  • Concluding Remarks 170
  • 5 - Explaining the Gap: Conflicts Over Knowledge and Work 173
  • Introduction 173
  • Concluding Remarks 223
  • 6 - Bridging the Gap: Prospects for Work Reorganization in Advanced Capitalism 226
  • Introduction 226
  • Concluding Remarks 274
  • Endnotes 276
  • Glossary of Acronyms 298
  • Bibliography 299
  • Index 331
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 346

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.