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Education-for-All: Unpacking the College-for-All Versus Occupational Training Debate


by Mike Rose September 20, 2010

Should we be sending more young people to college or to occupationally oriented programs? Given the current economy, this debate is going on in both policy circles and in the broader public sphere. This commentary teases out the issues in this debate and places them in the larger context of our society's attitudes toward physical work, our history of educational inequality, and the purpose of education in a democracy.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 20, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16150, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 9:00:36 PM

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  • Mike Rose
    University of California, Los Angeles
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    MIKE ROSE is the author of The Mind At Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker and Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us. He is a professor in the Social Research Methodology Division of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He thanks Casandra Harper and Marisa Saunders for their helpful feedback.
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