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Tough Choices or Tough Times

  • October 24, 2011
  • By a2ru      
“That kind of leadership [defining the future through innovation] does not depend on technology alone.”


This report from the National Center on Education and the Economy is often cited by advocates of arts education because of statements like this: “That kind of leadership [defining the future through innovation] does not depend on technology alone. It depends on a deep vein of creativity that is constantly renewing itself, and on a myriad of people who can imagine how people can use things that have never been available before, create ingenious marketing and sales campaigns, write books, build furniture, make movies, and imagine new kinds of software that will capture people’s imagination and become indispensable to millions. This is a world in which a very high level of preparation in reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, science, literature, history, and the arts will be an indispensable foundation for everything that comes after for most members of the workforce. . . . [A] world in which creativity and innovation are the key to the good live, in which high levels of education – a very different kind of education than most of us have had – are going to be the only security there is.” Again the focus of recommendations is on K-12, but the arguments certainly apply in the university.

Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Jossey-Bass, 2006.