tom watkins http://michiganradio.org en An effort to help the mentally ill http://michiganradio.org/post/effort-help-mentally-ill <p></p><p>My guess is that we think too much about football and not enough about mental illness, especially perhaps at holiday season.</p><p>But the fact is that millions of us are trapped in our own private hells. According to a report last year from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, about one in every five Americans suffer from some sort of mental illness. For 5% of us, the suffering is severe.</p><p>The association estimated that more than eleven million adults suffered from severe mental illness in one recent year. Nearly nine million had serious thoughts of suicide, and a million actually tried to kill themselves. Yet we tend to take insufficient notice of the mentally ill, at least until someone walks into a school and begins shooting.</p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:34:32 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15809 at http://michiganradio.org An effort to help the mentally ill Michigan and China have a strong economic connection, and it's growing stronger http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-and-china-have-strong-economic-connection-and-its-growing-stronger <p>When it comes to economic growth and finding an economic partner, it seems that Michigan and China are discovering a lot to like about each other.</p><p>Look at the numbers:&nbsp; last year, Michigan exported $3.2 billion worth of goods and services to China, just behind Canada and Mexico. And Michigan is one of the top ten states for direct investment from China. We were on the receiving end of more than $917 million in capitol from China in 2012.</p><p>Tom Watkins is the former State School Superintendent and former State Mental Health Director, and a frequent traveler to China. And Michael Barris is a reporter from the China Daily’s U.S. edition.</p><p>They joined us today to talk about what China and Michigan have to offer each other.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:17:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 13831 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan and China have a strong economic connection, and it's growing stronger Commentary: Mackinac and Education http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-mackinac-and-education <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It sometimes seems that education reform has become a lot like the weather.&nbsp; We talk almost incessantly about it these days, but you have to wonder if anybody really can do much to change things.</span></p><p>The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mackinac Conference begins today, and education is a heavy focus. Michelle Rhee, the controversial founder of StudentsFirst and the former head of Washington D.C. public schools will give a keynote address. There will be a panel on 21st Century jobs and education, and another, moderated by Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White, on early childhood education.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:25:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12783 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Mackinac and Education A conversation with Former State School Superintendent Tom Watkins (audio) http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-former-state-school-superintendent-tom-watkins-audio <p>Governor Rick Snyder outlined a plan to try to turn around the lowest performing schools in the state.</p><p>The Education Achievement System would start in the 2012-2013 school year with the lowest performing schools in the Detroit Public School System and would eventually spread out to underperforming schools across the state.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White spoke with Tom Watkins, Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction about the potential pitfalls and benefits of the EAS plan. Watkins&nbsp; is currently a business and educational consultant in the US and China.</p><p>You can hear the interview here:</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-974762.mp3</p><p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:17:54 +0000 Jennifer White 3011 at http://michiganradio.org A conversation with Former State School Superintendent Tom Watkins (audio) A closer look at Snyder's education reforms http://michiganradio.org/post/closer-look-snyders-education-reforms <p>Today, Governor Rick Snyder laid out his plan for education reform in Michigan. All Things Considered Host, Jenn White, sat down with Tom Watkins to discuss the details in Snyder&#39;s plan. Watkins is a Former State Superintendent who is currently a business and educational consultant in the United States and China.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:49:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2245 at http://michiganradio.org A closer look at Snyder's education reforms Michigan's Tom Watkins selected for Upton Sinclair Award http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-tom-watkins-selected-upton-sinclair-award <p>Tom Watkins of Northville Michigan has been given the <a href="http://www.educationnews.org/ed_reports/104237.html">Upton Sinclair Award</a> for education from <a href="http://www.educationnews.org/about.html">EducationNews.org</a>.</p><p>Watkins is the CEO of TDW and Associates, an educational consulting firm, and a former Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Michigan from 2001 to 2005.</p><p>In their release, EducationNews.org writes</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 22:36:55 +0000 Mark Brush 539 at http://michiganradio.org