German Industrial Training and Changing Technology

By Russ Juskalian – Re-Blogged From MIT Technology Review

The Ausbildung is widely touted as an example other countries should follow. But it’s struggling to keep up with technological change.

Within buildings 10 and 30 of the Siemens complex on the outskirts of Munich, the next generation of German workers are toiling over a range of test projects. The assignments are carefully chosen to impart the skills needed to continue the German miracle in automated manufacturing.

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Prison: A Training Ground for Terrorists

Scott Stewart By Scott Stewart – Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Hundreds of convicted jihadists are scheduled to be released from prison in the next few years, and their numbers will be bolstered by those prisoners who have embraced extremism while behind bars.
  • Prisons can serve as universities of crime for grassroots jihadists who lack terrorist tradecraft, and career criminals who convert will already possess skills useful in attacks.
  • The released extremists will add to the caseload for overburdened government forces working to counter the jihadist threat.

This photograph shows prisoners in a cell.

(LightField Studios/Shutterstock)

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Jamie Dimon: School Dropout Rates Are ‘National Catastrophe’

By R Williams – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive officer of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., said America faces a “national catastrophe” from a failing educational system with high dropout rates and young people who aren’t prepared to enter the work force.

“We need to get kids getting out of high school, who go on with a job, or go on to college and that leads to a job,” Dimon said in an interview with Business Insider. Dimon’s bank last week announced a $6 million investment in education for students in the South Bronx, a notoriously blighted part of New York City.

 “Business has to be involved locally with civic society, in this case schools, to get the kids trained to have a job,” Dimon said. “There are plenty of jobs out there.”

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