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Thinking about future challenges of education in Catalonia

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Education and economics

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Martin Carnoy

21/06/05 07.30 pm

Professor of Education and Economics at Stanford University

We should not accept the myth that lifelong learning is now possible, as according to empirical studies, only a certain group of people have access to ongoing learning: it is the most highly educated group of people, concentrated in the under-35s, and with clearly high earning power. It is this group of people who have most access to formal further education.

In order to achieve lifelong learning for everyone, emphasis has to be placed on creating a more flexible education, replacing the rigid, formal education currently in place.

Likewise, companies concentrate the resources for training employees on those who have a higher level of education and permanent contracts. In turn, there is very little continuous education for the rest of the employees. Companies would rather have institutions train these employees, on temporary contracts, to fulfil urgent tasks.

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