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July 12, 2018

An Open Letter to Secretary DeVos: How to Create a World-Class Career and Technical Education System

In an open letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Marc Tucker outlines what it would take for the United States to build a career and technical education system on par with those of top-performing countries.

January 25, 2018

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump on Jobs: Both Wrong

Neither Trump's trade policies nor Sanders' promise of free college are strategies that will build the workforce we need to compete in the global economy, writes Marc Tucker.

March 09, 2017

Decision Memo to State Leaders: How to (or Not to) Compete in the Global Economy

Marc Tucker presents a simple choice for governors—pursue an education and economic agenda centered on building a highly skilled workforce or allow your state to slip further behind in the global economy.

February 16, 2017

Education Alone Won't Solve Poverty, Social Isolation, and Resentment

Education is not a silver bullet solution to addressing the consequences of globalization and automation, writes Marc Tucker.

December 15, 2016

Rust Belt Workers Don't Want to Hear About Education and Retraining

Former industrial workers in the United States may pine for the jobs and industries that have abandoned them, but that won't bring them back, explains Marc Tucker.

December 01, 2016

Education and Job Training Policy: The Key to the Future of American Politics?

Marc Tucker explores how future electoral success for both parties will be determined by who can deliver the education and training workers need to compete in a globalized labor market.

June 02, 2016

Paying People Not to Work

Interest in creating a so-called universal basic income is gaining popularity from Switzerland to Silicon Valley. Marc Tucker explores the serious questions this raises about the type of society and economy we want.

May 12, 2016

Let's Get Serious About Career and Technical Education

In the second part of a series on career and technical education, Marc Tucker argues that CTE should be both academically demanding and result in a meaningful credential for graduates.

April 07, 2016

A Presidential Agenda for the Americans Left Behind

Marc Tucker on how and why the next President of the United States should make education and workforce training his or her top priority.

August 06, 2015

Dear Luke: A Letter to My Grandson on the Future He Faces

An upcoming trip with his grandson spurs Marc Tucker to consider the challenges young people will confront in the economic landscape that lies ahead.

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