Are We Michissippi?

Are we Michissippi?

Another list of economic well being that you don't want to be on that Michigan is on. This one comes from Harvard University economists Benjamin Austin, Edward Glaeser, and Lawrence Summers. They map the growth in the share of men who are not working across major regions of the United States, revealing that the share of men aged 25-54 without work…

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Shaping Our Future Together: Talent, Enthusiasm, Career Rock-climbing & Innovation History

Shaping Our Future Together: Talent, Enthusiasm, Career Rock-climbing & Innovation History

This blog is authored by Lucie Howell, Director of Learning and Engagement at The Henry Ford. We asked Lucie to author a post to help readers understand how different teaching and learning looks like when it is designed to prepare students to be career rock climbers rather than climbing a career ladder. These past few weeks, I have been reminded…

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No Talent, No Transit, No Amazon

No talent, no transit, no Amazon

So Grand Rapids offered Amazon up to $2 billion in tax breaks to locate their HQ2 in their region. As John Gallagher points out in a Detroit Free Press article on the topic, big tax breaks were offered across the nation. What is more noteworthy in Gallagher's article are the comments by Birgit Klohs, metro Grand Rapids' lead economic developer,…

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The Real Message From The Marshall Plan For Talent? Get A Four-year Degree

The real message from the Marshall Plan for Talent? Get a four-year degree

The Marshall Plan for Talent came with an implicit message to Michigan high school students: four-year degrees aren’t necessary to get ahead in tomorrow’s economy. Billed as a revolutionary approach to education, Governor Snyder envisions a competency-based system heavy on short-term credentials and light on four-year degrees. In an interview with Crain's about the plan Snyder said: Think about the…

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Google, Snyder And McGowan On Essential Skills

Google, Snyder and McGowan on essential skills

In her Linkedin column Heather E. McGowan calls for a transformation of the mission of education. From one that prepares people for a job to one that prepares people for continuous job loss. Largely because of machines increasingly doing the work now done by humans, we are now in an economy where losing a job will almost certainly be routine. McGowan…

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