Lessons in Survival
Zemke argues that a better-educated work force would be in business's best interests. "Michigan's twenty-first-century economy is going to be more technology-based, not service oriented. Manufacturing is not dead in this state. I've worked in three different sectors of manufacturing, and the jobs are growing, but they demand a higher level of technological training than ever before."
Driskell acknowledges that whether or not the state decides to invest more in public education "depends on who's in the majority [in the legislature]. Democrats support public education. Republicans don't. And right now Republicans control the state government."
If current trends continue, Driskell predicts harder times ahead for schools with "higher pay-to-play fees for athletics, increased class sizes across the board, and greatly diminished curriculums."
But since their only alternative is bankruptcy, what choice will schools have?
[Originally published in July, 2013.]