Bryan Alexander reminded me today of what might be the best line of the ELI 06, made by lunch speaker Alan Kay, which he attributes to a British educator:
Americans have the best high school education in the world. Too bad one has to go to college to get it.
Okay, it’s a joke. But imagine for a moment that it is also a genuine observation about higher education in America. What does that suggest about the theme of this year’s ELI conference that I alluded to in my earlier posting? If you are a faculty member, do you feel comfortable simply going back to business as usual?