Autos and Michigan prosperity

For most of the 20th Century Michigan was one of the nation's most prosperous states. Largely because the auto industry employed hundreds of thousands at high wages. Anchored by blue collar factory workers. Michigan's prosperity was highly correlated with how…

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Education Pays Updated

Education pays updated

The Bureau of Labor Statistics each year publishes a chart that details the unemployment rate and median weekly earnings by education attainment for those 25 and older. The data for 2104 are below.     New data from a year…

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Liberal arts as an asset

Readers of this blog know that we believe that a broad education is the key to building the skills needed for successful/prosperous forty year careers. Largely because globalization and technology are constantly making obsolete––in unpredictable ways––jobs, occupations and industries. So…

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Worth watching

Great You Tube video from Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution entitled: "Is America Dreaming?: Understanding Social Mobility" Highly recommended! Using legos and in less than four minutes he lays out the basic realities that America is moving farther and…

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The community college challenge

I support President Obama's proposal to make community college tuition free for those students who stay on track academically. Expanding education opportunity and outcomes is an essential component of raising the standard of living of all Americans. That said taking…

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More wrong direction k-12 policy

Insightful Stephen Henderson Detroit Free Press editorial entitled: “Snyder hasn't earned more leeway over troubled schools”. Henderson is writing specifically about the Governor’s decision to transfer the state school reform office from the Michigan Department of Education––which he doesn’t control––to…

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