Apple

Interesting Business Week article on the just ended decade. Like everyone else they think it was awful. But point out that in terms of the economy maybe the brightest light was Apple. Hard to argue with that assessment. From what…

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Transforming Education IV

In writing the three previous Transforming Education posts – in the pursuit of being brief (apparently the rule for blogs) – I have skipped topics I think are important. So here in summary form are my thoughts on some other…

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Transforming Education

If, as we and others have argued, education attainment is the key to economic success for both individuals and communities in a flattening world, how you improve education outcomes becomes a central question for community leaders and policymakers. We need…

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What Matters Most

Real interesting James Fallows article in the Atlantic. Its about how America gets out of the current mess we are in. Fallows brings a unique perspective, just returning after years living in China. Worth reading! Fallows makes the point that…

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Rock Climbing

In a recent post I wrote about a Tom Friedman column that illustrates how globalization and technology are fundamentally and constantly changing the economy. Now comes a David Brooks column, also in the New York Times, that is quite insightful…

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Immigration and Economic Growth

Interesting study from the Fiscal Policy Institute on the role of immigrants in growing regional economies. They looked at the nation's twenty five largest metropolitan areas – including metro Detroit – and found that immigration spurs, rather than retards, economic…

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Our Politics

Many believe, because of the mess we are in and term limits, that the 2010 elections are particularly pivotal for the state's future. I'm sure I will be writing about the elections regularly in these posts. So I thought it…

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Managing Decline vs. Investing for Growth

SEMCOG – the council of governments in metro Detroit – has just released its 2035 transportation plan. Paul Tait, its excellent Executive Director, notes that one of the common concerns he runs into is folks – including policy makers –…

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