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Adolescence and Work by Dorothy Eichorn, David Stern

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4Classroom Lesson Strategies and Orientations Toward Work

Donald A. Hansen

Vicky A. Johnson

University of California, Berkeley

For over 3 decades, American education has been the target of persistent charges that it is placing our nation at risk, by failing to instill the academic skills needed by U.S. corporations to compete with foreign interests. Like the earlier accusations, the most recent blue-ribbon indictment (Gardner, 1983) was readily accepted by both politicians and educational leaders. Once again academic debate turned to charges and countercharges of who or what was responsible for the persistent decline of academic excellence.

Those closest to the problem appear to have seen it somewhat differently, however. Like everyone else, ...

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