New Approach Necessary in Education

Excerpted from a guest column in The Daily Gazette, December 7, 2014

To Einstein, insanity was doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result. Unfortunately, we are doing the same thing again in education.

During the 1980s, a number of college presidents, concerned about the small number of students of color on their campuses, worked with area high schools to broaden the pipeline to college for those students. I was one of them.

Those efforts failed because we were getting involved in the process too late. Somewhat surprisingly, colleges are once more putting their efforts into high schools in an attempt to diversify. So, too, are major funders.

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