Best Practices

Want a Good Manufacturing Job? Stay in School.

The stories are anything but apocryphal. They’re as real as real can get. Throughout this country, even as Donald Trump continues to boldly promise to bring manufacturing jobs back from distant shores, tens of thousands of high-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs remain open, begging for qualified men and women to fill them. Why? Because so many of […]

Manufacturing 4.0: A Rising Tide to Float All Boats

We’ve heard the horror stories. Manufacturing 4.0 will be a nightmare. It will destroy all that’s good about American industry (if not our country itself and our vibrant , working class); all in the name of progress.  And it will be an industrialized version of some creepy Orwellian vision in which workers are rendered unneeded […]

What Happened to Dreaming Big?

As many of you know, I live in Chicago.   But what many may not know is that my hometown is home to some of the most remarkable high school structures in the country.  I drive around, look at such sprawling, stately building such as Lane Tech, St. Ignatius and Senn High, and I find […]