Opportunity News: The Power of Apprenticeships and Contemplating the Zombie Skills Gap•
Opportunity Nation shares key stories that explore opportunity-related issues in powerful, provocative ways. Many of these articles and op-eds include new data and research on key economic, educational, social and civic factors that affect upward mobility and community well-being.
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Read a great piece by Forbes about Opportunity Nation’s mission, inspired by ON Executive Director Mark Edwards’ presentation to national business leaders at the Forbes Reinventing America Summit last week in Chicago.
Inspiring story in this week’s Providence Journal about Jean Paul Valencia, the first student, perhaps ever, from Central Falls (RI) High School, identified in 2010 as one of the nation’s worst, to be accepted to Harvard University. Read how Jean Paul accomplished this feat and how his once-maligned school helped.
The Power of Apprenticeships
A new nonpartisan website, Republic 3.0, explores why European-style apprenticeships should have a future in the U.S.
Not sure what to make of this controversial Paul Krugman op-ed about whether the existence of a skills gap in the U.S. is real or not. But he does have us thinking more deeply about the topic. As does this thoughtful response by the National Skills Coalition.
And a Brookings op-ed out about how to improve Head Start, a program the authors argue is good but could be better, is a worthy read.