The PJ Tatler

Roger Pielke Jr On the "Skilled Labor Gap"

From Roger’s blog on 8 September:

My position — still being formulated — is that a problem exists for the simple reason that companies cannot find skilled workers and yet the ranks of the unemployed is high.  Part of the reason for this skilled labor gap is that we in the educational community (yes, I’m part of the problem) are not paying enough attention to the real world skills that employers want and need. Instead we are either focused on creating idealized “knowledge workers” or implementing some theoretical conception of a good education (usually where skills are devalued as compared to the sorts of knowledge that professors have).