Discourse: Ford School faculty in the news, spring 2022

May 31, 2022

“(Putin) has already violated every international treaty, including the U.N. charter, by invading. This has international implications, not just European implications. Now, the question of what we do and how we do it, with regards to sanctions or other kinds of actions, is a policy matter that will have to be decided by the [Biden] administration, but the response is going to have to be quite strong.”

Melvyn Levitsky on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. WXYZ Detroit, February 24, 2022.


“There was a once-in-a-century global public health crisis. It’s not hard to understand why that impacted schools, but COVID has reminded people how big an issue absenteeism can be.”

Brian Jacob, on rising absenteeism rates in K–12 schools. The Columbus Dispatch, February 9, 2022.


“When you live together, you kind of enable people to work. So if a grandparent can help with child care, for example, then maybe the parent generation has an easier time remaining in the labor force.”

Natasha Pilkauskas, on the continuing rise of multigenerational households, Marketplace, March 25, 2022.


“It may not be very comforting for people to hear right now, that their cost of living is rising faster than their wages, but I think there’s good reason to be confident that wages are going to catch up. The question is how long will that take.”

Justin Wolfers on rising inflation. The Brookings Institute, March 11, 2022.


“[Children who grow up in families with higher incomes] tend to do better in school, they’re more likely to graduate from high school. It might be 15 years down the road but there will be more cost savings in the future. It’s a moral question of do you trust families to make their own decisions.”

Katherine Michelmore on the impact of the Child Tax Credit and its expiration. AP News, January 14, 2022.


“Lots of the direct benefits of these [clean-energy] tax credits already go to red states. We have seen major growth of wind and solar production in predominantly Republican states, such as Texas, Oklahoma and North Dakota. And these policies have had bipartisan support over time. (But) even those policies that might scream out for opportunity for bipartisanship run into this partisanship.”

Barry Rabe on Republican challenges to Build Back Better climate provisions. The New York Times, January 20, 2022.


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