A Top Ten That Matters

Seems like every week there is another top ten list that folks claim Michigan should be on. Many are tax rankings. Some measure how "business friendly" states or regions are. Only problem with these lists is being on the top ten almost never means that you have a prosperous economy. When it comes to inputs that lead to prosperity at…

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Books To Read III

When it comes to what we call preparing talent – teaching and learning – the books that best help me understand the big picture are: Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn and Curtis Johnson. For those interested in how education should look in the future this is the best book I have read. It goes far beyond the increasingly…

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The Limits of State Policy

Hal Wolman, formerly of Wayne State, now at George Washington, was in town this week. He is working on a national project to try to figure out what characterizes resilient regions – those that recover from big economic shocks. I participated in a meeting he convened of a small group of "old hands" on the Michigan economy. Most of us…

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No Time to Backtrack on High School Standards

Amber Arellano's Detroit News editorial on high school standards is highly recommended. (Get it here.) As she argues reducing the standards, particularly in math, – as many educators are pushing for – would be a big mistake. The new graduation standards are one of the few accomplishments of Lansing policy makers in the last decade that is connected to building…

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Books to Read II

More book recommendations. As you know we have concluded that retaining and attracting talent – particularly young college graduates – is one of the keys to growing the Michigan economy. Two books cover the topic best: Who's Your City by Richard Florida. We believe that human capitol is now the driver of the economy. Florida understood this earlier than most.…

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