The Job Training Charade: Literature/Philosophy/Psychoanalysis

The Job Training Charade Literature Philosophy Psychoanalysis Job training has long been promoted as a central policy response to poverty and unemployment Both Democrats and Republicans have trumpeted training as the answer to everything from welfare to NAFTA Th

  • Title: The Job Training Charade: Literature/Philosophy/Psychoanalysis
  • Author: Gordon Lafer
  • ISBN: 9780801439643
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Job training has long been promoted as a central policy response to poverty and unemployment Both Democrats and Republicans have trumpeted training as the answer to everything from welfare to NAFTA The Job Training Charade provides a comprehensive critique showing that training has been a near total failure Even dramatically, the book shows how politicians have ignJob training has long been promoted as a central policy response to poverty and unemployment Both Democrats and Republicans have trumpeted training as the answer to everything from welfare to NAFTA The Job Training Charade provides a comprehensive critique showing that training has been a near total failure Even dramatically, the book shows how politicians have ignored repeated reports of the program s failure, and have kept funding a policy they know cannot work Gordon Lafer first examines the economic assumptions and track record of training policy He goes on to provide a political analysis of why job training has remained so popular despite widespread evidence of its economic failure The author concludes that job training functions less as an economic prescription aimed at solving poverty than as a political strategy aimed at managing the popular response to economic distress.The Job Training Charade is a landmark book showing how a bipartisan consensus may coalesce behind a phantom policy that serves political needs while ignoring economic realities.

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    1. Another of the books on my "abandoned" shelf that would be worth finishing some time. The title does get Lafer's point across. The training he is referring to that provided in accordance with the federal government Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), now replaced by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), not college or graduate school (though he is skeptical of college too.) Basically, these seem to be programs lasting at most a few months, mainly for people who were already in the ranks of the wo [...]

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