Wrong track on education policy

Readers of these posts know that we believe education attainment is what matters most to future economic success of both individuals and communities. That our system of preparing human  capital –– teaching and learning –– is economic growth priority #1.…

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Machinists and welders

Machinists and welders have become public exhibit #1 of why we need to reemphasize vocational training in high school and beyond. The claim is these are high demand/high wage occupations that are now suffering labor shortages because the culture and…

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Productivity up, not wages II

The evidence keeps growing that economic growth is increasingly going to capital not labor. And that unless that changes most Americans are facing a declining standard of living. David Brooks is right when he writes in a column: "For example,…

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What is quality education?

We are increasingly inundated with rankings of k-12 schools. The question I always ask is "would the report's authors send their kids or grandkids to the top ranked schools?" And in most of the rankings that I have seen the…

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DEPSA Early College of Excellence

Our Michigan Future Schools initiative is designed to launch new high schools serving students from the City of Detroit that not only will graduate nearly all students, have them enroll in college, but most importantly earn a two or four…

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Productivity up, not wages

The Atlantic increasingly is one of the places I go to learn what is happening in the economy. Worth checking out. They just published an insightful article on "The End of Middle Class Growth". The article explores "disruptions in long-established…

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