Strong Citizens Watch: A new kind of vocational school for the new economy

A key tenet in the Democratic Alternative program is education. As discussed in the Intervention, the Democratic Alternative calls for reform in the American educational system so that each individual is adequately equipped to engage the economy and world. In America today, there is a two-tiered educational system, where an elite section of the country has access to the best schools that teach critical thinking and knowledge-based skills necessary for the new economy, while the vast majority partake in routine standardized testing and rote memorization, which leaves individuals ill-equipped and unprepared to partake in—not to mention lead—the most advanced sectors of the economy. Not only must the first-tier model be universalized so that everyone has access to the same top-quality education, but job-training programs also need to be created for people to develop transferable skills for the knowledge-based economy. Continue reading “Strong Citizens Watch: A new kind of vocational school for the new economy”