Grit trumps academics?

Anyone who is interested in children's health and education should read Paul Tough's new book, How Children Succeed. The main focus of the book is on what matters most to low income, minority urban kids succeeding in college. To answer…

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Lessons Learned by the Freep

A terrific recent editorial in the Detroit Free Press. Its their summary of what they learned matters most from their series on the collapse of the domestic auto industry. The editorial's subtitle says it all. Rx for recovery: A new…

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California, Part IV

One final article on what we can learn about developing an economic growth strategy from California. John Judis wrote for the New Republic a more nuanced article than the Time magazine cover story on the future prospects of California. Its…

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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…

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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…

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