Michigan needs to do a far better job of preparing its citizens for a knowledge-based economy. At the heart of our decades long decline in prosperity compared to the nation is that we ranked thirty fourth in four-year degree attainment.
We need to transform and invest in our entire system of teaching and learning for both children and adults. Education attainment is now by far the most reliable path to the middle class.
Our preparing talent priorities:
- Building a culture that highly values learning and an entrepreneurial spirit and being welcoming to all.
- Ensuring the long-term success of a vibrant and agile higher education system. This means increasing public investments in higher education. Our higher education institutions – particularly the major research institutions – are the most important assets we have to develop the concentration of talent needed in a knowledge-based economy.
- Transforming teaching and learning so that it is aligned with the realities of a flattening world. All of education – from birth to retirement – needs reinvention .
Much of our recent work has been focused on one of the areas that most needs improvement: high school education in Detroit. Starting with helping launch University High School with the Ferndale Public Schools and Lawrence Technological University.
And now an ambitious plan to launch a high school accelerator which is tasked with opening 35 new small, open-enrollment, high-performing high schools in Detroit and nearby suburbs by 2017. The ultimate goal is to create an alternative system to large failing high schools operated by the Detroit Public Schools and its inner ring suburban counterparts. The accelerator will act as a third-party intermediary; that is, it will provide financial support, training, and direction to founders, principals, teachers and board members who wish to launch new, high-performing high schools.
Michigan Future Inc. Research Reports