Where Do Kids Learn The Most Critical 21st Century Skills?

Where do kids learn the most critical 21st century skills?

Last week a friend forwarded me an article from Slate about the students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School who have emerged as new leaders of a pro-gun control movement. I had remarked that I was struck by their poise, clear communication, and ability to work together. These kids look like seasoned professionals. If one of them showed up to…

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Google, Business Leaders For Michigan And Standardized Tests

Google, Business Leaders for Michigan and standardized tests

As we explored in my Google finds that STEM aren't the most important skills post, Google determined that "the seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being…

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Medicaid Work Requirements Reduce Opportunity For Michigan Families

Medicaid work requirements reduce opportunity for Michigan families

In our 2018 state policy agenda, we write that the state needs a strong social safety net in order to promote opportunity for Michigan families. Last week, Michigan’s Senate Republicans took a step towards cutting another large hole in that safety net, diminishing opportunity for Michigan’s working families. How this bill will fail to promote work Last Thursday, in a…

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Stop Whining, Raise Wages

Stop whining, raise wages

So says Neel Kashkari, president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Specifically Business North reports he said in a recent speech: “Almost everywhere I go, businesses tell me they can’t find workers. I always ask them the same question: 'Are you raising wages?' Usually, the answer is ‘no.’ When you want more of something but won’t pay for it,…

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Homelessness And Michigan’s Children

Homelessness and Michigan’s Children

Last week I heard a sad but important interview with Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and now founder of The Eviction Lab, an effort to compile and analyze eviction data nationally. He made a compelling case that eviction is a national emergency on par with the opioid crisis and in itself,…

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