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Our National Disrespect for Blue Collar Work

I just read a great article. The author is James Heckman, a Nobel laureate and professor at University of Chicago. I’m a fan of his work.  He’s an economist who studies society’s return on investment from various education strategies.  The article I just read focuses on cognitive (traditional schoolwork) and non-cognitive (soft skills) learning . Unfortunately, in this article, …

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Prepare Our Girls for Technological Careers

I attended a great seminar in July on motor controls attended by 20 men and two women. This 10 to 1 ratio is common in technical professions, such as engineers, industrial technicians, energy auditors, and building operators. These professions suffer from the lack of female perspective, while many women suffer from low pay by avoiding math-and-science careers. How do we create a better male-female balance and …

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