Two years ago, I wrote a long post about the "paradox of job creation" about politicians trying to take credit for creating jobs. As I noted, there's something of a paradox, because job creation often involves what looks like job destruction in the first place -- before people realize that those jobs can be shifted in a different direction. Case in point: in the 1940s, AT&T employed approximately 350,000 people as phone operators. AT&T had rapidly begun moving to automatic switched telephony systems a bit earlier, but it took until the late 1940s, until those really became common enough to move away from people having to pick up the phone and ask a human operator to connect them.
In the short-term tech-kills-jobs view, you could easily see this new "technology" as killing jobs. Indeed, it's reported that there are somewhere around 18,000 telephone operators in the US today. But... there are also about 100,000 call center operators and 290,000 telemarketers (and of course, in a globalized world, many of those jobs have moved overseas). But, more importantly, moving from having a human operator connect you to an automatic switched network was just an early step in leading to tremendous follow-on innovations that created all kinds of new jobs and economic growth. Automatic switched phone networks created all kinds of new business opportunities and convenience, but also eventually enabled easy access to the internet. And the internet has since created millions of new jobs (including mine!).
Two years ago, we wrote about how even President Obama had falsely argued that ATMs had diminished teller jobs and that automated check-ins at airports had hurt airline employees. The data said otherwise:
Community college accreditation commission under scrutiny again Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — The nonprofit group that accredits California's community colleges has come under fire again — this time for asking officials at the colleges it...
Molly Martin's insight:
"The Department of Education is now conducting a routine review of ACCJC that will determine whether it should maintain its status as California’s accrediting body."
Australian textbook rental company Zookal uses Flirtey, a commercial drone service, to ship Australian students their textbooks minutes after they order. (I'm sure Limpopo Department of Education can do with these bad boys.
First UK-wide joint strike between higher education unions set for 31 October (UCU, UNISON and Unite in higher education will walk out over pay on Thursday 31 October - http://t.co/LRr8mTVYwn #fairpayinHE)...
Molly Martin's insight:
"UCU, UNISON and Unite trade unions announced today that their members working in higher education will walk out on Thursday 31 October" over an ongoing pay dispute."
"One hundred years later, big philanthropy still aims to solve the world’s problems—with foundation trustees deciding what is a problem and how to fix it. They may act with good intentions, but they define “good.” The arrangement remains thoroughly plutocratic: it is the exercise of wealth-derived power in the public sphere with minimal democratic controls and civic obligations. Controls and obligations include filing an annual IRS form and (since 1969) paying an annual excise tax of up to 2 percent on net investment income. There are regulations against self-dealing, lobbying (although “educating” lawmakers is legal), and supporting candidates for public office. In reality, the limits on political activity barely function now: loopholes, indirect support for groups that do political work, and scant resources for regulators have crippled oversight."
Fast food may seem cheap, but a new UC Berkeley report says the fast-food industry costs American taxpayers nearly $7 billion annually because its jobs pay so little that 52 percent of fast food workers are forced to sign their family members up...
Demand for dual enrollment, opportunities for more successful transfer, and changes to community college (CC) curriculum present opportunities for CCs...my question would be: how might this strain capacity? Consider the strain of the influx during the recession.
Rather than a conversation about GDP do we need a "...‘genuine progress indicator,’ a version of the index of sustainable economic welfare that looks at a community’s overall well-being. There are many variations of these alternative indicators. Though most still equate value with consumption and growth, some include factors that GDP leaves out — like the value of unpaid household and volunteer work — and factor in the cost of pollution, depletion of resources and the consequences of uneven distribution of wealth." Lumina could add an interesting angle to the Commonomics project.
The Guardian (blog) Part-time study is good for business The Guardian (blog) The UK still lags behind many of its competitors when it comes to higher education participation.
Molly Martin's insight:
"Employers understand the value of part-time education. They have years of experience in delivering flexible, work-based training to their staff as skills needs wax and wane. They also know what kind of skills, expertise and competencies their employees need and want to learn through further study. If universities want to keep their part-time offer alive, they need to co-operate with business."
Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) The Dangers of Shutdown Philanthropy Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) The Arnolds made clear that they don't want government to think philanthropists can or should step in to provide the payments.