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Government is unlikely to be running trains in the future, but government sure has to regulate passenger trains. There was 200 people crowded into the hall at the Midwest High Speed Rail annual meeting in Chicago this month. The highlight... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Nine Shift
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Faculty scoff at the climate change deniers, then proceed to deny science themselves. Researchers at one end of campus cite the science of gender as something everyone in the scientific community agrees upon, much like everyone in the scientific community... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Nine Shift
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There's two important critical things educators don't know. One is the economics of the Knowledge Society. An educator from Spokane, Washington, recently engaged me in a discussion of jobs and job training. He cited the shortage of plumbers and welders... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Every parent, teacher, educator, government official, and workplace manager - - everyone-- should know this story. It is a true story, with a lesson, my brilliant co-author Julie Coates tells. When Thomas Edison was in school, he was regarded by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Nine Shift
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You would think. You would really think educators would be specialists in how we learn. Guess again. In addition to not knowing about the Knowledge Society - - their mission of which is to prepare students for - - educators... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Nine Shift
Another NineShift prediction comes true! I was in the train station and shouted when I read the stories, sorry fellow passengers. We predicted that in 2017 the shortage of college educated workers would hit a crisis point. Here we are.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Nine Shift
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The most common question I get asked about new passenger trains coming to the United States is, "Will it happen in my lifetime?" It is not just old people asking, people of all ages ask that question, We now have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Sweet. Photo of beekeeper kissing wife in Paris taken by NineShift co-author Julie Coates. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Nine Shift
Great questions David. All of the above reasons you listed are true. They say the keys are Vocation and Location. If you are willing to change one or certainly both, your chances of a good job go up substantially.
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We have been predicting this for 2017, and so has the country's leading trainer Anthony Carnevale, for years. You are going to see this story in major media any month, week, day now. Business in this country is starving for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Nine Shift
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It is the silent revolution in society. Hush! No one is supposed to talk about telecommuting still growing. The latest report out is that: *43 percent of workers now say they spent at least some time working remotely, up 4... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Nine Shift
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In my 40 years in the field, I have not seen as bizarre a continuing education story as this one. A for-profit online course provider named Cengage is offering the same online courses through two different nonprofit systems: 1.Continuing education... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Nine Shift
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There was a time when my cell phone never "dropped a call" or didn't get good connections. It was 30 years ago. Our first 'cell phone' was before cell phones. It was called a "radiotelephone" or radiophone. We called it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Nine Shift
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College classrooms - - all but a few new open model classrooms in fact - - are now obsolete for this century. We checked in a few months ago with Don Collins, a pioneer in creating the new classroom of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Not only are colleges continuing to build new buildings like they needed them, but colleges have more existing space right now than they need. Instead of investing in faculty and technology, the only two things that matter to someone's learning,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Higher education seems to be sliding towards a huge breakdown. Few are talking about it; many are hiding it. Visiting senior administration officials this past month at one college, they were agitated and vexed with a big $9 million shortfall... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Nine Shift
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It is the silent revolution in society. Hush! No one is supposed to talk about telecommuting still growing. The latest report out this month is that: *43 percent of workers now say they spent at least some time working remotely,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Nine Shift
Thanks David for the article. Overall,VMT - - vehicle miles traveled, is still going down on an individual basis. Overall VMT has increased, meaning fewer people are driving more. Your basic point is correct, we are not growing our train and light rail systems fast enough. But I also think the big press given to the "problems" of DC transit and others is a good sign - - it means they will upgrade/fix them.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2017 on Story of the Week: Train to O'Hare at Nine Shift
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Smart train advocates in Chicago are proposing a train station at O'Hare Airport. It's far sighted and is a major set forward in creating a new travel infrastructure for our country. O'Hare Airport already has a light rail station. That's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Nine Shift
Is democracy in danger? The BBC in the last few weeks interviewed a German politician who pointed to the issue. She is one of those considered a possible successor to Angela Merkel. She noted Germany's staunch defense of democracy. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Nine Shift
The story I researched this last week for LERN and our 5,000 members was almost unbelievable. I had predicted for years that for-profit education providers, who once (e.g. Christopher Whittle) tried to take over K-12 elementary schools, and who still... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Nine Shift
"But mommy,we don't look like you." That comment by a 4 year old hit me hard. I was at a wedding in St. Louis a week ago. It was a joy to meet a niece for the first time, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Nine Shift
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A new train route to Lima, Ohio, through Plymouth, Indiana, is being proposed. Here's why this is news, and important to you. First, I've never heard of Plymouth, Indiana, either. And that's the first point. This is a train that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Nine Shift
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It appears Americans are choosing among three ways to positively address our current backward slide as a society. They are: 1.Resist and protest. 2.Ignore the new administration and focus on a project that moves us forward. 3.Participate in an alternative... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Suburbs are in decline. Suburban malls are in decline. Suburban stores are in decline. But are department stores in decline? A wonder of the 21st century, my mother was awonder as a child going to Marshall Fields in Chicago. Fifty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Nine Shift