harvard http://michiganradio.org en Rental market becomes out of reach for many Michiganders http://michiganradio.org/post/rental-market-becomes-out-reach-many-michiganders <p>Over the past few years, renting a home has become more popular than owning one. However, according to <a href="http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/sites/jchs.harvard.edu/files/jchs_americas_rental_housing_2013_1_0.pdf">a recent Harvard study</a>, rent is quickly becoming unaffordable for most Americans.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:33:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16352 at http://michiganradio.org Rental market becomes out of reach for many Michiganders Five things to know about early childhood brain development http://michiganradio.org/post/five-things-know-about-early-childhood-brain-development <p></p><p>There's&nbsp;<a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/webclip/effects-stimulating-environment-age-4-show-brain-scans-15-years-later">a lot of research</a>&nbsp;that shows just how important the first few years of a child's life are to their cognitive development. But for those of us who aren't medical doctors the information can be rather confusing.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9905 at http://michiganradio.org Five things to know about early childhood brain development Harvard study asks: Does everyone need a 4-year college degree? http://michiganradio.org/post/harvard-study-asks-does-everyone-need-4-year-college-degree <p>A&nbsp; new <a href="http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features/2011/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011.pdf">Harvard University report</a> say high schools need to do a better job preparing students for whatever career path they choose…whether it’s becoming a doctor or an electrician.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.gse.harvard.edu/blog/news_features_releases/2011/02/report-calls-for-national-effort-to-get-millions-of-young-americans-onto-a-realistic-path-to-employa.html">"Pathways to Prosperity"</a> study finds that America’s education system is focused too much on college prep and not enough on alternatives, like vocational and <a href="http://www.acteonline.org/">career and technical education</a> (CTE).</p><p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the release of the report on Wednesday:</p><blockquote><p>The Pathways to Prosperity study envisions a new system of career and technical education that constitutes a radical departure from the vocational education of the past.</p><p>The need for that transformation is pressing.&nbsp; I applaud your report’s frank discussion of the shortcomings of our current CTE system and its call to strengthen the rigor and relevance of career and technical education.</p><p>I am not here today to endorse the specifics of your policy recommendations. I want instead to suggest two takeaway messages from your study and the Department’s reform efforts.</p></blockquote><p>Secretary Duncan's two takeaways?</p><ol><li>CTE, the "neglected stepchild of education reform," can no longer be ignored.</li><li>CTE needs to be re-imagined for the 21st century.</li></ol><p>Patty Cantu is director of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_2629---,00.html">CTE office</a> for Michigan’s <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde">Department of Education</a>. She's not surprised by the report:</p><blockquote><p>"The pendulum swings this way in education a lot. We focus on one area, and then we say, oh, that’s right, we have this other important thing and just as valuable thing that we also have to take into consideration."</p></blockquote><p>Cantu says the head of Michigan's Department of Education, Mike Flangan, is very interested in "not only embracing <em>academic </em>rigor, but also the rigor of [the state's] career and technical education program."</p><p>The report says students should be able to choose career paths early, like they do in Europe. Secretary Duncan says "we can’t just copy the vocational education systems of other high-performing countries. But we can learn from them about how to build rigorous educational and work-experience programs with strong links to high-wage, high-demand jobs." Thu, 03 Feb 2011 22:33:56 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1163 at http://michiganradio.org Harvard study asks: Does everyone need a 4-year college degree? Former MI Congressman Bart Stupak gets Harvard fellowship http://michiganradio.org/post/former-mi-congressman-bart-stupak-gets-harvard-fellowship <p>Former Michigan Congressman <a href="http://www.stupakforcongress.com/">Bart Stupak</a> will be heading to Harvard University this spring for a resident fellowship. As the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110113/NEWS15/110113032/1320/Ex-Rep.-Stupak-lands-Harvard-fellowship">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Stupak, a Democrat from Menominee in the Upper Peninsula, retired from office this year at the end of his ninth 2-year term. As a resident fellow this spring, he and the other five people selected will meet with students, participate in activities with the Harvard community and lead weekly study groups on a range of topics.</p></blockquote><p>As Politico <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0111/Stupak_to_Harvard.html">notes</a>, Stupak, "didn't much enjoy his intense moment at the center of the health care fight and didn't seek re-election." Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:55:55 +0000 Zoe Clark 868 at http://michiganradio.org