Ever been on a road trip through the Deep South? I did one year and it was an experience I will never forget. I remember driving over narrow dirt roads through some of the thickest forests I have ever seen. As the car continued on, my surroundings peeled away until I was traveling over a giant bridge spanning the width of the Mississippi River, with boats passing underneath and a view that stretched forever.
I love metaphors, and this is literally one (couldnâ€™t resist a little literary humor).
The dirt road is our K-12 education. The radiant bridge is our collegiate system.
America really is a special case. As our K-12 education system is entering a state of free fall (with the only hope of rebound resting on the shoulders of dedicated teachers and some serious paradigm shifts), our university system continues to serve as a beacon to the world, only growing brighter as time progresses.
So whatâ€™s with the contrast here? (more…)