The Problem With 3rd Grade Reading Mandates

The problem with 3rd grade reading mandates

Over the past few years, the question of whether 3rd graders can read, and what we should do about it, has dominated education discussions, not just in Detroit and Lansing, but across the country. 3rd grade reading laws have taken the country by storm, with state legislatures passing laws that would hold back any 3rd graders who fail to earn…

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California More Prosperous, Kansas Less Prosperous

California more prosperous, Kansas less prosperous

Over the past decade or so we have been writing a lot about California and Kansas. Because California in the 00s was considered in permanent decline and then with the election of Jerry Brown as Governor in 2010 went all in on a big tax increase and expanded public investments. Kansas because it took the opposite track with the election…

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Are America’s Colleges Solidifying Economic Castes?

Are America’s colleges solidifying economic castes?

In our first-ever policy agenda, Michigan Future Inc. argues that boosting Michigan’s four-year college degree attainment rate holds the most promise as a strategy to increase household income in our state. There is ample evidence of the correlation between a state’s college attainment and per capita income. Of the top 15 American states for per capita income, 12 are also…

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Bridge Magazine On Michigan’s Talent Gap

Bridge Magazine on Michigan’s talent gap

If you haven't seen it, check out Bridge's Why Michigan needs newcomers. Told in 5 data maps. The maps and accompanying article clearly make the case why retaining and attracting college educated adults––particularly recent college graduates––should be an economic development priority for the state. Why? Because the proportion of adults with a four-year degree or more is arguably the single…

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School: A Confidence Booster Or A Confidence Killer?

School: A Confidence Booster or a Confidence Killer?

I’ve been looking more deeply into one of the “Cs” of the “6 Cs” that we believe, based on Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek’s book Becoming Brilliant are the skills that kids need to be successful in the 21st century economy (and which, overwhelmingly, our schools are not designed to build). This is the capacity of confidence. Golinkoff and…

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