Higher Education Calamity

May 2, 2020 by

Originally published: September 21, 2012 It is a subject few want to address but may be the next big crisis facing Governor Snyder’s...

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Are Our Schools Preparing For ...

Dec 20, 2019 by

By Tom Watkins – “Everything we teach should be different from machines” – Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of...

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America’s Teachers Lighting th...

Aug 2, 2019 by

By Tom Watkins – Michigan’s system of education has been in a death spiral now going on two decades from a deadly series of...

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Northern and Rural Michigan

Jul 26, 2019 by

By Tom Watkins – Michigan’s official state motto is: “Si Quæris PeninsulamAmœnam Circumspice”– “If you...

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Benton Harbor Schools An Educa...

Jul 16, 2019 by

By Tom Watkins – A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Where is the sense of urgency? If it were your children in the Benton...

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America Needs A Self Imposed W...

Jul 4, 2019 by

By Tom Watkins – WHACK! My football coaches hand smacking the side of my helmet, imploring, no, demanding that I get back in...

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Last Chance to Fix Public Educ...

Jun 13, 2019 by

By Tom Watkins – It is past time for the powers that be to come together to address the systemic and structural flaws facing...

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China’s History Plays Catch-up...

May 23, 2019 by

By Tom Watkins – June 4th, 2019 marks a sad and tragic 30th anniversary. Shots were heard around the world on June 4, 1989 when...

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Quality Education; Changing St...

May 10, 2019 by

By Tom Watkins – There are exceptional educators, teachers, support personnel adding value and making a difference in a...

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Common Humanity

Mar 22, 2019 by

By Tom Watkins – The level of hatred and evil is intensifying here at home and around the globe. Ugliness and hatred was on...

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Boot Camp For Political Leader...

Mar 1, 2019 by

By Tom Watkins – The Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at Michigan State University is a bi-partisan program that...

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Pretending To Fix Problems

Nov 15, 2018 by

By Tom Watkins – Michigan will have a new governor come 2019. Gretchen Whitmer is our governor-elect. Major problems await her....

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What Happened to America?

Oct 19, 2018 by

By Tom Watkins – I have been out of the country and traveling throughout China for the past two months. Making multiple trips...

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US and China Partner to Create...

Aug 17, 2018 by

By Tom Watkins – China has become the largest source of foreign students studying in the U.S.  The demand for high quality...

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Your Tax Dollars At Work: Addi...

Jul 22, 2018 by

By Tom Watkins – “MORC” or the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, is perhaps known to more people around the globe than it is to...

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An Insidious Disease

Jun 15, 2018 by

By Tom Watkins – Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have taken their own lives over the last couple of weeks. Sadly there are...

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Can MI Move Forward? – The 201...

Jun 8, 2018 by

By Tom Watkins – The Mackinac Policy Conference just ended. The annual event sponsored by the Detroit Regional...

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A Good Man’s Death Spurs Suppo...

May 25, 2018 by

Tom Watkins – The passing of Brian Whiston, Michigan’s State Superintendent of Public Education, at the relatively youthful age...

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From the Cradle to the Grave

Apr 5, 2018 by

Tom Watkins – It is certainly a welcome sign when Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable composed of...

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In Search of a Psychiatric Bed...

Mar 22, 2018 by

Tom Watkins – It is true. I am quoted in the article below as saying by noted Detroit-area columnist, Jack Lessenberry,...

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