Working with acs.R

Notes to accompany the acs package in the R statistical programing language, used for working with ACS data from the U.S. Census.  For more info, see and

Teaching the New Basic Skills

Fifteen years ago, a U.S. high school diploma was a ticket to the middle class. No longer. The skills required to earn a decent income have changed radically. The skills taught in most U.S. schools have not. Today the average 30-year-old person with a high school diploma earns $20,200, and the nation faces a future of growing inequality and division. Teaching the New Basic Skills shows how to avoid such a future.

Dancing with Robots: Human Skills for Computerized Work

We all know about losing jobs to China, but what about losing jobs to the microchip?  In Dancing with Robots, Frank Levy and Richard Murnane show that the pressure on the middle class workforce in America has as much to do with the technology revolution and computerization of tasks as with global forces like China.  The authors argue that the challenge we face with computerized work is not mass unemployment, but rather educating far more young people for the higher wage jobs that computers cannot do—writing a convincing legal brief or diagnosing an automotive problem the factory ha