Report From “Outsmarting The Robots”: Part 1

Report from “Outsmarting the Robots”: Part 1

On October 21, Michigan Future co-hosted a convening in downtown Grand Rapids for 60 community leaders called Outsmarting the Robots: Redesigning education from the classroom to the halls of Lansing. The goals of this half-day event were: To help catalyze a transformation in youth-serving organizations, including schools, in and around west Michigan, such that those organizations define their work as…

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25-34 Year Old African Americans B.A. Earnings Premium

25-34 year old African Americans B.A. earnings premium

In a previous post we explored the huge B.A. earnings premium for 25-34 year olds. In this post I want to explore how well 25-34 year old African Americans with a four-year degree or more do in the labor market compared to other African Americans with lower education attainment and compared to whites. The data come from the 2019 Current…

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We Support, But Are Disappointed In, Charter Schools

We support, but are disappointed in, charter schools

Reading Richard Whitmire's worth reading The B.A. Breakthrough reminded me why Michigan Future has been supportive of charter schools from their inception in Michigan more than a quarter of century ago. Largely because they provide an alternative to chronically failing big city school district's schools. Whitmire chronicles how the best of the national charter networks have 40-50 percent of their…

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Updated B.A. Earnings Premium For 25-34 Year Olds

Updated B.A. earnings premium for 25-34 year olds

2018 work earnings data are now available from the Current Population Survey. What follows is an update of an earlier post now with 2018 data. The story we are told over and over again is for today’s students getting a four-year degree is no longer a good value for many. It may have been for their parents’ generation, but no…

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A Capitalist Calls For A New Capitalism

A capitalist calls for a new capitalism

Salesforce chairman and co-C.E.O Marc Benioff in a New York Times op ed entitled We Need a New Capitalism becomes another capitalist advocating for big changes in American capitalism. He writes: To my fellow business leaders and billionaires, I say that we can no longer wash our hands of our responsibility or what people do with our products. Yes, profits…

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