Blake Holleman

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Ten Map Meditations on Economic Mobility

For a couple weeks now, I’ve been obsessing over this map. It’s the product of a remarkable research project that collected and analyzed the incomes …

The Cult of Overwork

For decades, junior bankers and Wall Street firms had an unspoken pact: in exchange for reasonably high-paying jobs and a shot at obscene wealth, young analysts agreed to work fifteen hours a day, and forgo anything resembling a normal life. But things may be changing. Last October, Goldman Sachs …

The Big Lie About Student Achievement

This is the time of year when high-achieving high school juniors are most in danger of freaking out over the Big Lie. The Big Lie is this: you are doomed if you don't get straight A's in high school. The Big Lie is based on what behavioral psychologists call catastrophizing: creating an emergency …

Moving the Education Needle

Scott Hamilton is the Forrest Gump of education reform, although with a lot more IQ points and fewer chocolates. He worked for Bill Bennett in the …

'No Excuses' Kids Go to College

The C in linguistics proved to Rebecca Mercado that college was going to be different.<p>“It was the first time I had ever received a grade lower than a …

Public Education’s Weird Ideological Divide

Margaret Newkirk reports on the latest trend in school segregation, in which wealthy neighborhoods secede from larger municipalities so their tax …

Diversity, Equity and Justice

The Moment<p>We're excited to announce our Diverse Democracy Grants, available through August 31. We'll be offering awards of $500 to $10,000 to fund …

Employers Beat Back Big Lawsuits In 2013, But This Year Might Be Tougher

Employers used recent Supreme Court rulings to shrink employment-discrimination lawsuits and settlements in 2013, but plaintiff lawyers are busy retooling their strategies to win class-action status for their suits — and the rich payouts that almost always follow.<p>New plaintiff strategies, combined …

What 2013 Teaches Employers For 2014 & Beyond

2013 left employees as the overall victors on the employment law battlefield, by arming them with a host of new statutory rights and options, primarily at the state and local level. These new, pro-employee laws place added restrictions on employer hiring, firing, and other employment actions, and …

Employment Situation: Still Improving, But Not That Fast

Nonfarm payrolls expanded by a meager 74,000 in December, but the unemployment rate dropped a significant 0.3 percentage points to 6.7%. There were no revisions to October (stayed at +200,000), but November was revised up 38,000 (to +241,000). For 2013, payrolls expanded an average of 182,000 per …

Behind-The-Scenes Employment Hits 16-Year Low For Women In Hollywood

Poehler made a crack that Meryl Streep was "so brilliant in 'August: Osage County,' proving that there are still great roles in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60," and got some of the loudest laughs of the night.<p>Her joke work because there was a great deal of truth behind the humor. A new …

How To Answer the Question: 'What Are Your Salary Expectations?'

<i>By Melissa Llarena</i><p>Here’s a scenario many of us are familiar with:<p>You applied for a job you want and, after days of anxious waiting, you land an interview to discuss the role and your qualifications. During the discussion, you go over your professional background, why you’re interested in the …

Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule–How To Really Improve At Any Skill

The popular 10,000-Hour Rule claims that it takes 10,000 hours of working at a skill to become an expert. But research suggests that to become awesome at a skill, it’s not about quantity of time spent, it’s about quality.<p>If you’ve spent any time wondering at what makes people successful, you’ve …

For Education Entrepreneurs, Innovation Yields High Returns

Entrepreneurs are having a heyday. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook graced the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine as Person of the Year, Ashton Kutcher played Steve …

Successful 'Edupreneurs' Reignite For-Profit Debate

Julie Petersen’s piece, “For Education Entrepreneurs, Innovation Yields High Returns” in Education Next (full disclosure: we are both executive …

Start small, plan big: How two nonprofit education sites came together to build a network

Say hello to Chalkbeat, a model for how local sites might gain scale and infrastructure through a networked vision of journalism.<p>What started out as two independent nonprofit news sites is now a network of four — with aims to grow larger.<p>Chalkbeat, the nonprofit education reporting partnership that …

Top Issues Facing Higher Education In 2014

The last several years have seen much white water in higher education. The currents of change have propelled the sector toward, or onto, one rock after another. This year offers no prospect for relief. The top issues of 2014 will undoubtedly include the following:<p><b>Cost</b> continues to top the list of …

What can UK colleges learn from how China trains its young people?

From any perspective China is a dynamic and fascinating country.<p>With a population of 1.3 billion, it is now the second largest economy and is increasingly playing an important and influential role in the global economy.<p>Its rapid economic ascendance has brought many challenges – including issues of …

More collaboration needed to fix higher education, experts say

California is falling short in preparing and graduating college students and must do more to coordinate higher education policy, according to two new reports released Thursday that call for more collaboration between the governor, Legislature and education leaders.<p>The reports come in the wake of a …

Study: Low-wage workers more educated than in 1968, but make less

New research by the Economic Policy Institute finds that low-wage workers are more educated today than they were more than 40 years ago, but make less when the minimum wage is adjusted for inflation.<p>Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, the liberal think tank finds …

Income Inequality

Highly Educated, Highly Indebted: The Lives of Today's 27-Year-Olds, In Charts

A new study by the Department of Education offers up a statistical picture of young-adult life in the wake of the Great Recession.<p>What are today's young adults really like? For those who've spent too much time gazing into the dark recesses of <i>Thought Catalog</i> or obsessing over "Girls," the Department …

Learning at Home: Can Educational Media Jump-Start Learning in America?

Millions of American children received tablets, mobile phones, game consoles, and other screen devices over the holidays, making our youngest citizens an important force in media and technology consumption. At the same time, educators, policymakers and journalists like Amanda Ripley and Tom …

How the Changing Education Landscape is Helping Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The higher-education industry is changing drastically and that change is good for business -- and entrepreneurs.<p>Colleges and universities are no longer the gatekeeper of information or the only game in town. Instead, numerous new …

Why Obama's Education Department Is His (And College Students') Worst Enemy

Young Americans look to a college education as the surest way to bridge the widening gap between the richest and the rest in this new 21st century Gilded Age.<p>But as they try to study their way toward a secure future, millions of current and former students are finding themselves increasingly …

Poverty and the Education Opportunity Gap: Will the SOTU Step Up?

Tuesday's State of the Union address will apparently focus on issues of wealth inequality in the United States. The impact of poverty is extremely important for issues such as housing, nutrition, health and safety. Additionally, education researchers like me have been hollering from the rooftops, …

UN: World Wasting $129 Billion on Inadequate Education

The United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO, published a damning report Wednesday claiming governments worldwide were wasting almost $130 billion on …

Teachers' pay must be at the heart of global education reform

Progress in global education – especially in the poorest regions of the world – remains painfully slow. The latest Unesco Education for All global monitoring report, published Wednesday, underlines how far we still are from guaranteeing a good quality education for every child. While many pupils …