Wednesday, September 18, 2019

To bring “prestige” back to education, make teachers tax-exempt, says Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman ON Kara Swisher podcast Recode Decode - Vox

Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman on Kara Swisher podcast Recode Decode - Vox

To bring “prestige” back to education, make teachers tax-exempt, says Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman
He’s an adviser to President Trump — but he also wants to see a national $15 minimum wage and an overhaul of the H-1B visa program.
Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman speaking onstage.

Much of the world is transitioning to a knowledge economy, but far too few Americans have had enough education to prepare them for that shift, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman says.
“Most people don’t know that two-thirds of the workforce in the United States has a high school education or less,” Schwarzman said on the latest episode of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher. “Those people are not prepared for the modern world ... it’s not the business community that created that. There’s a political problem.”
Schwarzman, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump whose private equity firm manages $548 billion, focuses on personal advice in his new book What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. But on the new podcast episode, he shared a series of policy goals — including a national $15 minimum wage and public education reforms.
“Teachers are pretty poorly paid,” he said. “You see these demonstrations on television and strikes, and so I think we need to get teachers in a position where they can attract very high-quality people. One way to do that is to make teachers the only tax-exempt occupation in the United States.
“That would give them a very large boost in income just the day you did it,” Schwarzman added. “But the second benefit is that they would be marked apart as a prestige institution. When I was young, teachers were a big deal. And I wouldn’t be where I was without the education that I got.”
You can listen to the full interview on our podcast Recode Decode with Kara Swisher, which you can listen to on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneIn, or wherever you get your podcasts.
On the new podcast, Schwarzman also talked about how he would like to see America’s CONTINUE READING:  Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman on Kara Swisher podcast Recode Decode - Vox

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