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How Did Work-Life Balance in the U.S. Get So Awful?

How Did Work-Life Balance in the U.S. Get So Awful? | The Meaning of Work | Scoop.it

The United States is the greatest country in the history of everything, if you just listen to its leaders, and a disgrace among developed countries, if you just read international surveys. Our health care system is famously expensive and inaccessible. Our education system is famously broken. Oh, and our income inequality? It's just famous.

 

The OECD Better Life Index, released last week, feeds the American instinct toward both jingoism and self-deprecation. In housing access and family wealth, it concludes that the U.S. really is the best country in the world. But we rank 28th among advanced nations in the category of "work-life balance," ninth from the bottom.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 2, 2013 9:13 PM

Among all advanced nations, we rank 28th -- barely better than Mexico. Why's our work-life balance so bad if leisure is growing? Because single moms are growing faster.

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Imposter Syndrome and Academic Writing

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I've always been a bit sceptical about the frequent invocation of imposter syndrome. I recently heard someone say that all academics have imposter syndrome, and that claim confirmed why I am hesita...

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In Manufacturing, Blue-Collar Jobs Need White-Collar Training

In Manufacturing, Blue-Collar Jobs Need White-Collar Training | The Meaning of Work | Scoop.it
Manufacturing may be a blue-collar touchstone, but jobs in American manufacturing in the 21st century increasingly require white-collar credentials.

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White-collar workers are turning to labor unions

White-collar workers are turning to labor unions | The Meaning of Work | Scoop.it

NEW YORK — The next wave of union protesters isn't blue collar. (Poll: Do white-collar workers need unions?


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Sherry Griffin's curator insight, May 17, 2013 11:17 AM
Wow! Thinking you don't need to worry about unions because you have a very white collar, master degree required workforce? Think again! Lawyers are unionizing and judges! Crazy! The best way to avoid your employees seeking to unionize is to treat your employees fairly and with respect. Treat them with dignity and communicate with them. Employees who feel they are being treated right by their employer, don't join unions. Oh! And that means training your managers:)
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Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Noam Chomsky, Howard Gardner, and Bruno della Chiesa Askwith Forum

On Wednesday, May 1, the Askwith Forum commemorated the 45th anniversary of the publication of Paolo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" with a discussion a...

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Professor Kathleen Donegan: "Finding the Story" | UC Berkeley English Blog

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Mentoring and Work Ethic

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Much has been written about generational differences in terms of work ethic.

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'Working' on Labor Day with Studs Terkel - Los Angeles Times

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'Working' on Labor Day with Studs Terkel
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Some of patterns and themes have been explained to us buy sociologists and anthropologists. It is not new that assembly-line workers feel robotized, out of touch with what they produce.

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Ford's response to Poolside ad is awesome

Why do we work so hard? There are a lot of opinions. Pashon Murray, founder of Detroit Dirt (http://www.detroitdirt.org) explains that for some of us, it's a...


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Ford's response to the widely hated "Poolside" ad by Cadillac. To recap, the Poolside ad featured an archetypical capitalist pig showing off why America kicks the world's ass. In Ford's version we have the polar opposite, featuring the coolest protagonist ever, Pashon Murray of Detroit Dirt. I'm too enamored with the ad to critically analyze it right now--I'm sure there is some underlying unsustainable message there (such as selling cars)--however, there's enough good stuff there (soil, organic, afros) to keep me happy for the moment. For a classroom activity, compare the two to identify environmental ideologies.

 

For background, read the following:  http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/ford-trashes-cadillac-great-parody-poolside-ad-everyone-hated-156597

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On the school of second chances: a Q&A with Mike Rose

Each spring across America, thousands of students who once lagged behind their peers get accepted to top-notch universities, thanks to what author Mike Rose calls “second chance” learning.

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Work-Life Balance Tips From Arianna Huffington - Business Insider

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No matter how much you love your work and how driven you may feel, you need strategies to help keep you balanced and centered.
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Absurd Argument Against Overtime Pay By Fox News Host

Fox Business host Stuart Varney on Thursday asserted that paying overtime could stifle companies like Google, and that a proposed White House change to over...
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College Offers to Pay Students to Take Year Off - ABC News

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This "gap year" program launching this fall will pay for housing, airfare and even visa fees, which can often add up to $30,000 or more.
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Cadillac Clears Up 'Misconceptions' About 'Poolside' Ad | News - Advertising Age

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The Cadillac ad is supposedly about the American Dream,  but it takes some interesting turns. 

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Celebrating Labor’s Embrace of Green Collar Jobs

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"It's Labor Day, and we wouldn't be on our game if we didn't go out and find at least one good story dealing with the intersection between jobs and the environment."

 

Kung noon ay mayroong WHITE collar jobs at BLUE collar jobs, ngayon naman ay may GREEN collar jobs.


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Career and Technical Education: Five Ways That Pay Along the Way to the B.A. | The Future Ready Project

Career and Technical Education: Five Ways That Pay Along the Way to the B.A.     The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Year:  2012 There are 29 million jobs that pay middle-class wages (between $35,000 and $75,000 annually). Nearly 40 percent pay more than $50,000 a year, according to the new study released jointly by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and Civic Enterprises. There are five pathways that provide career and technical training that lead to these jobs—associate’s degrees, postsecondary certificates, registered apprenticeships, industry-based certificates, and employer-based training. Altogether, these Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways account for $524 billion of investment in postsecondary education and training each year. At a time when four out of five postsecondary students are working, these pathways provide students with good jobs that can pay the way to further education. The CTE system is the missing middle ground in American education and workforce preparation. Among students who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2008, 28 percent started at a community college. Twenty-three percent of postsecondary certificate holders go on to earn at least a two-year degree, the study finds. The study also finds that, in the postindustrial economy, CTE jobs have shifted from blue-collar jobs white-collar office jobs and healthcare (one-third of CTE jobs are blue collar, half are white-collar office jobs and another 15 percent are in healthcare). Despite this fact, men still hold 18 out of the 29 million middle-class jobs. For both men and women, the best jobs are in sub-baccalaureate STEM and healthcare, where over 80 percent of jobs pay middle-class wages. http://cew.georgetown.edu/ctefiveways/    


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Great article about the importance of career technical education!

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Why great salespeople are more blue-collar than white-collar

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The best practitioners understand that while finesse, diplomacy and sensitivity are important, they also know sales is a contact sport (Why great salespeople are more blue-collar than white-collar

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Training for transformation | lived experience learning | Freire

Training for transformation | lived experience learning | Freire | The Meaning of Work | Scoop.it

Training for Transformation is a Personal, Community & Global Development course delivering interactive experiential learning experience via adult education methods.TfT based on the work of Paolo Freire, a South American Theorist and Education activist who developed a process methodology for education in the 1960’s. TfT was developed in the 1980’s by development workers returning to Ireland wishing to share the knowledge they gained. It is not aimed at delivering facts to the participants but rather to encourage them to explore their own feelings and ideas about development in a supportive learning environment.


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Leadership and the Work Ethic - General Leadership

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Developing work ethic and mutually shared values is a challenge and it is also the leader’s responsibility. It is the leader’s greatest responsibility.

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Steadfast personal values are the foundation of effective leadership. Personal values, clearly communicated, consistently demonstrated and mutually shared among all members of a team provide the cohesion for the unity of effort required to accomplish a task, objective, or mission. A leader’s vision establishes the destination but it is his or her mutually shared personal values that determine and stay the organization’s course.

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The Work Ethic, RIP | Hoover Institution

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Is our Work Ethic RIP? Check out this Defining Ideas article about losing meaning in the workplace http://t.co/gHFonos via @HooverInst #tcot


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Mike Rose — The Meaning of Intelligence

An expansive reflection on work, education, and civic imagination with an esteemed researcher and teacher at UCLA and a poetic writer. We explore his perspective, through life and scholarship, on hard subjects that drive to the heart of who we are -- l
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Cadillac vs Ford: the ad battle over American values

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Jonah Sachs: Two auto brands offer different views of the world as the latest story war – a crucial fight between opposing societal values – unfolds in TV and YouTube commercials

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Do commercials still shape the fabric of American cultural values? Or are they merely identifying with the values that are already in place?

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Mike Rose responds at length to Education Reform

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For those of you not familiar with Mike Rose, he's a Professor of Education at UCLA who has written several influential books about literacy education and the politics of school over the last 25-30...

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Extra Pay for Extra Work - New York Times

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For the first 40 years of its existence, a worker's right to time-and-a-half for overtime, established by federal law in 1938, operated as intended.
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Forty Under 40 Honorees Discuss How To Balance Work, Home - SportsBusiness Daily (subscription) (blog)

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Forty Under 40 Honorees Discuss How To Balance Work, Home
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SportsBusiness Journal this week profiles the members of its 2014 class of Forty Under 40.
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Senate reaches jobless benefits deal: why bipartisanship is in bloom - Christian Science Monitor

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Christian Science Monitor Senate reaches jobless benefits deal: why bipartisanship is in bloom Christian Science Monitor The motivation for each of the moves differs, meaning they say different things about the prospects for further bipartisanship...
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