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New program exposes teachers to modern workplace

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says a new state program for teachers will make them more aware of employers’ needs in today’s work place, reports the Arkansas News Bureau. Beebe touted "The Modern Workplace," a program that will take teachers out of the classroom and into the work place to learn first-hand what skills their students will need to ensure successful future employment. Teachers who choose to participate will begin by attending a one-day workshop in which a work place is simulated. They will then tour a group of businesses to learn what skills those businesses prize most in employees. M.C. Taylor, who teaches family and consumer science at Bay High School, said she participated in a pilot program last year and toured three Northeast Arkansas manufacturing plants. Taylor said she learned that one of the skills employers value most is "being able to work at work without being prodded or pushed or shoved or told, ‘This is what you’re going to do next.’" She said she has since adjusted her teaching style to put more emphasis on students’ self-motivation…

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