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“School-Success” Skills vs “Employability” Skills

August 10, 2016

Are we aiming to have our students “college-ready” OR “career-ready?” OR both? If both, do we get them “college-ready” first, then “career-ready?” The “soft skills” that are in such hot demand from employers, are the same skills that empower students to be successful… from middle school to college! These are many of the questions that…

CTE – Career and Technical Education: Four Steps to Navigate from K-12 to the “The Rest of Your Life”

July 27, 2015

“What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” Do you remember the first time you were asked this question? My grandfather asked me at age four. With sincere conviction, I answered, “I want to work at Arby’s.” He laughed out loud and patted me on the head. I got the message that my…

What Students and Employers Both Need

March 17, 2015

Kevin and I are both college seniors at Michigan State University. Every year there are two giant career fairs, with over 200 companies. The crazy part is, every year the companies are the same. Year after year, big companies such as Ford, Chrysler, BP, and PepsiCo come to MSU—and every other university— hiring hundreds of…

The Matrix of Study Skills; What if Neo Chose the Blue One?

March 24, 2014

In the movie, The Matrix, there’s a famous scene where Morpheus offers Neo a choice… Red Pill or Blue Pill. If Neo takes the blue pill, it would allow him to remain in his made-up reality of the Matrix and continue living in ignorance. If Neo takes the red pill, he escapes the Matrix and…

We Are Currently Preparing Students for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist…

August 3, 2011

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, Using technologies that haven’t been invented, In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” – Karl Fisch, Did You Know When we grew up, the employment rate was fairly stable and our greatest concern was being able to perform just…

How Do We Educate Our Children to Take Their Place in the Economies of the 21st Century?

August 3, 2011

…Given that we can’t anticipate what the economy will look like at the end of next week? As a parent, I am growing increasingly worried that school will sabotage my first-grade son’s overflowing creativity and problem-solving skills. I value those traits in him more than anything else! With his “out-of-the-box” thinking, he may someday discover…

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