Monday, August 07, 2006

Wal-Mart degree

This from the Associated Press.

[Tennessee Governor Phil] Bredesen wants to tailor community college programs to offer courses on retail management.

Bredesen, a Democrat, pitched his proposal on how to address a management shortage at big-box retail stores on a recent trip to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.

While no formal arrangement has been struck, Bredesen and Wal-Mart officials agreed to work on developing a curriculum.


Still, Bredesen acknowledged, there are bound to be some skeptics about his plans to work with Wal-Mart on educational programs.

"You can't do anything without some criticisms," Bredesen said. "But I certainly think that when you have an employer of that size — who has that many good jobs that they are saying need to be filled — we need to respond to that."

Will Chinese be the required foreign language? Don't overlook our 'need' to respond to the educational needs of businesses. Frankly, I think we 'need' to respond to the dropout rate first.


Anonymous said...

Well said.

Eric Holcombe said...


We've got Burchett introducing the Maryland MeToo Walmart-Hater Act and Gov. Phil wanting to offer them state-subsidized mgmt. training. I wish these boys would straighten up and play their stereotypical parts.

Maybe Bredesen realizes that a company that employs 30K+ Tennesseeans means serious tax revenue - and if they'll walk away from Chicago, they won't be bullied by TN.

We've admitted K-12 problems and as a solution created a college "education lottery" instead.

We then rob the college lottery scholarships to create pre-K.

There is no "fix what we got" - just more money for more programs.