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Monday May 8, 2017
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Much ink has been spilled describing the rapid pace of change in the U.S. labor market and the resulting disaffection and frustration it has caused low-income and working-class populations across the country. Already, because of automation, the U.S. manufacturing sector now makes 85 percent more goods than it did in 1987, but with only two-thirds the number of workers. This is just the tip of the iceberg: according to Oxford University, 47 percent of workers in America “are likely to be substituted by computer capital” in the years ahead. To keep U.S. manufacturing—and other key sectors of...
Tags: Future of Work, Student-Centered Learning, Federal Workforce Policy
Wednesday August 10, 2016
I recently read an article in The New York Times by Angela Duckworth entitled Graduating and Looking for Your Passion: Just Be Patient, in which she gives advice to new college graduates. For those who are not familiar with Duckworth’s work, she is an eminent psychologist who has helped to popularize the notion of “grit.” So, not surprisingly, she applies the same concept to the pursuit of a successful career; what’s key in her view is to foster and not to follow one’s passion, keeping in mind that it takes time; it also takes trial and error. This got me thinking about whether or not this...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Thursday March 24, 2016
By Mamadou Ndiaye and Rebecca E. Wolfe, for Phi Delta Kappan Science teacher Cierra Swopes has a unique perspective on taking college courses while still in high school. In 2008, she was in the second graduating class of Dayton Early College Academy (DECA). Six years later, Swopes got the job of her dreams: teaching chemistry at this nontraditional charter high school in Dayton, Ohio. “As an early college student, I was privileged enough to graduate from high school with an associate degree,” said Swopes, who started taking college courses at Sinclair Community College during her freshman...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Wednesday October 21, 2015
Helping Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care Succeed in College
Participants working to help improve success outcomes for foster youth held a debrief session outdoors in Kalamazoo, MI. Young people who are transitioning from foster care aren’t faring well in college. A 2010 study by researchers at the University of Chicago, revealed that only 6% of former foster youth had earned a two- or four-year degree by age 24. Those not in college may be in jail—34% who had left foster care at age 17 or 18 reported being arrested by age 19. Such dismal outcomes speak volumes about the lack of systems put in place to help former foster youth make a successful...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery
Monday March 9, 2015
In February 2014, President Obama announced My Brother’s Keeper, a civic call to arms to government, individuals, leading foundations, and corporations to each contribute to help young men of color get the support and training they need to become productive citizens. As part of the initiative, the President set up a task force made up of key members of his cabinet to coordinate federal efforts directed at young men of color. I applaud the President for his leadership on this issue and for leveraging the brand, bully pulpit, and visibility of the White House to draw attention to boys and men...