Summary of Preparing America's 21st Century Workforce

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Being good at following instructions is no longer enough in today’s business world. Critical thinking, problem-solving and communication are all must-have abilities. Researchers John B. Horrigan and Ellen Satterwhite surveyed business executives, with a strong focus on those in the technology sector, to gain insight into the current workforce and the US education system. getAbstract recommends their report to students, educators and executives who are concerned about how to prepare for work in the 21st century.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the gap is growing between the demand for and the supply of employees with the right skills in a knowledge-based economy,
  • Which subjects executives think the education system should focus on, and
  • How the Common Core State Standards can help prepare the US workforce.

About the Authors

John B. Horrigan, PhD, is a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center. Ellen Satterwhite is program director at the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project.



In recent years, the ways people live and work in the US have changed dramatically. Many traditional jobs no longer exist; technology and the the knowledge economy demand workers who are equipped with communication and leadership skills. Research indicates that the current American workforce is unable...

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