An Expanded Safety Net For A Disruptive Economy

An expanded safety net for a disruptive economy

Policymakers in both Lansing and Washington seem hellbent on slashing the safety net. In part, they argue, because a too generous safety net gives folks an incentive not to work. The evidence suggests the opposite. As we detail in our Minnesota policy case study, Minnesota has by far the highest proportion of adults who work in the Great Lakes with…

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Could College Degrees Save The Lives Of Michiganders?

Could college degrees save the lives of Michiganders?

We at Michigan Future Inc. have not been shy about sharing ample research that demonstrates the correlation between degree attainment and economic stability. It’s no coincidence that Michigan ranks 32nd for both college degree attainment and per capita income. But recent research suggests that lacking a college degree may not only threaten one’s bottom line, but could risk one’s life.…

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Google Finds STEM Skills Aren’t The Most Important Skills

Google finds STEM skills aren’t the most important skills

Terrific Washington Post column on research done by Google on the skills that matter most to its employees success. Big surprise: it wasn't STEM. The Post writes: Sergey Brin and Larry Page, both brilliant computer scientists, founded their company on the conviction that only technologists can understand technology. Google originally set its hiring algorithms to sort for computer science students with top…

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From The Swimming Pool To The Classroom: More Thoughts On Confidence

From the swimming pool to the classroom: more thoughts on confidence

In my last post, I walked us through the four levels of confidence that are described by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek in their book, Becoming Brilliant. They describe confidence as one of six of the most important capacities that children will need to be successful in the future economy. And I claimed that our education system isn’t wrestling…

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The Path To Good-paying Careers Without A BA Ain’t What You Think

The path to good-paying careers without a BA ain’t what you think

In 1999 Michigan Future, Inc. did research to identify the pathway young adults in metro Detroit without a four-year degree took to obtaining good-paying jobs. The research involved both focus groups and phone interviews. The core finding of that research was that the predominate path to good-paying jobs for those without a four-year degree is what we described as rock…

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