Many Michigan Families Are Getting By–but Still Financially Stressed

Many Michigan families are getting by–but still financially stressed

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why middle class life feels increasingly unstable over these last several years—especially in Michigan. Frequent readers of MFI know that we often cite the Michigan Association of United Way’s ALICE report, and its startling headline figure that 40 percent of Michigan households can’t afford basic necessities. Those figures are pretty crystal clear. Life…

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Preparing For A Career Not A First Job

Preparing for a career not a first job

This is a rerun of a 2013 post. I thought it worth rerunning because it describes well how one puts together a successful forty-year career in an economy where the nature of work is constantly changing. It is about a Michigan State student developing in Heather McGowan's framing her career success operating system, not a first job ap. It is…

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How Important Are Standardized Test Scores To Life Outcomes?

How important are standardized test scores to life outcomes?

Last week, the Equality of Opportunity Project, led by Stanford economist Raj Chetty, released another study in their ongoing series on mobility in America. This one was particularly sobering. The headline: black males raised in wealthy households (the top quintile of household incomes), are more likely to be poor as adults than they are to remain wealthy. The odds that…

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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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