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New York City mandated a decline in suspensions in its public schools. The result? A 21% increase in suspensions, according to this NYT story. And one of those kids killed another student with a knife and badly injured another student.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Between now and 2030 you will see a revolution in education. -Public support, and tax money, will return to both K-12 schools and higher education. -College education will be recognized as the most important thing for economic prosperity, both for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Nine Shift
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"Nobody imagined it, really." Writes Aaron Wiener this week in the Washington Post about the decline in suburbs, and the rise in urban population. Well, yes, we not only imagined it, we published it in 2003 in the NineShift book... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Another NineShift prediction: here's how people will travel between 2040-2100 in the United States. The fundamental economic driver is that 80% of people will travel 80% of the time by light rail and trains, with the primary factor being work.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Mental health is a common, irrelevant, and dumb excuse for trying to reduce gun deaths. I have heard that about 20% of mass shooters have mental health problems, exactly the same percentage as for the total population. My wife has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Tell someone, anyone, about interesting things that have happened in your life. I read the NY Times obituaries and usually wish I had met that woman or man before they died, so they could tell me about such-and-so. So when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Some 80% of people in the United States will take the light rail and/or train 80% of the time in this century. Here's how travel breaks down for 2040-2100 by number of Rides per Year: Light Rail & Trains 70%... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Here's another way to measure the decline of suburbs: deaths versus births by county. This is the issue in my county. The county is growing in population, BUT the growth is in senior citizens, not working age people. The NYTimes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Nine Shift
My brilliant co-author Julie Coates premiered her research on the Gen Y Anxiety Epidemic last week at our annual faculty development conference. Kim Helms and Laura Pruit-Walker from Jacksonville State University in Alabama also did a session on student anxiety,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Nine Shift
Accreditation, apparently, has peer review as a critical element. That's got to be a big reason why accreditation is such a sham. The fox investigating the other foxes. No wonder us chickens are getting a bad deal. Now back to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Nine Shift
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There are about 2,618 accredited colleges and universities in the United States. Why? Here's the facts, about all of them: -They, on average, only graduate 55% of their students. That's an "F." -They have tripled the debt their students incur... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Nine Shift
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While flunking colleges and universities retain their accreditation, here's a good university doing work that no other college or university is doing. And it almost lost its accreditation a few months ago. Chicago State University, an historically black university, is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Last night I watched the great movie "The Post," about the Washington Post in 1971, during the days of linotype machines and hot metal and the special language of copy editors. This morning I read a NYT opinion column about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Nine Shift
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I had no idea Google listens in and records your in-person face-to-face conversations. In the ongoing uncovering of big tech's bad influence on society, my brilliant co-author assures me Big Brother is here, and it is Google. Two days ago... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Nine Shift has predicted that nine of your twelve waking hours each day would be spent differently in this century than in the last century. One of those waking hours that has changed is now shopping, with online shopping growing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Nine Shift
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"There's a ton of money out there" from investors interested in funding passenger rail in the United States, says James Coston, CEO of Corridor Capital, a Chicago based passenger rail development firm. He spoke last week before passenger rail supporters... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Whether it be healthcare, marijuana, gay marriage, sexual harassment in the workplace, BANNING GUNS, eliminating student debt or even trains, the Millennial generation will not give up for the rest of their lives. My brilliant co-author Julie Coates says that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Notice that the majority of efforts to help boys involve paying adults, not providing resources for troubled boys. When my brother was in high school, he stole some bikes. Appearing before the judge, the judge said "Don't do that again."... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Until someone does better research, here's the evidence for why school shooters target schools. These young men have been humiliated and embarrassed in school. They have been punished in school. And their entire careers and future have been taken away... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Nine Shift
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As someone who teaches teachers, giving them guns is both the most stupid, and most dangerous, idea ever. As one gun expert said, when you shoot you are 70-80% accurate (given hundreds of hours of training). But if you are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Nine Shift
Let's explore the schools' role in school shootings. Should the Parkland school have expelled the soon-to-be shooter? The ROI didn't seem to be very beneficial. Why are schools allowed to expel any student? Lacking the research, which I am going... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Is technology moving us forward, and/or enslaving humankind? What do you think? Spengler writes 100 years ago: "Growth is a product of the Machine, which insists on being used and directed, and to that end centuples the powers of each... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Nine Shift
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So, in thinking about Spengler's idea of a singular epoch or time frame in history, here are the three big things I think you and I have uniquely experienced over the past 20 years. 1.Eye opening discoveries. I remember the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Nine Shift
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We are close to the end (2020) of an historical epoch that no one before or after will ever fully understand, and more importantly feel, than you and I living it right now. That's what Oswald Spengler suggests in The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Nine Shift
My wife Julie grew up in Black Mountain, a town of 400 where Billy Graham lived. They just called him Billy. Billy Graham's father-in-law, Dr. Bell, brought Julie into the world. As a child, Julie remembers Billy coming over to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Nine Shift