Calling community colleges the “unsung heroes of the America’s education system,” President Barack Obama challenged them to produce an additional 5 million graduates by 2020 to meet a growing demand for more educated workers. The White House put the nation’s two-year institutions in the spotlight because they are ideally suited to reinvent their educational and training programs to meet the changing needs of the marketplace.
If you’re over 40 and you think back to when you were in school, the idea that students would one day become excited about school lunches seems preposterous.
But change can bring good things and that’s certainly the case with the local food movement coming to Vermont schools. That Monkton Center School and Bristol Elementary are two of the latest of area schools to jump on the local foods in schools bandwagon is added evidence of the movement’s momentum, educational benefit and economic impact.
Residents of the seven-town Addison Central Supervisory Union should embrace the decision of that board to explore the feasibility of merging their resources and governance through consolidation. No possible harm can come from having an ad hoc committee explore the issues, discuss the relevant facts and engage the communities in a discussion about the future of their respective schools.
We add, however, a caution and encourage expanding the scope of the discussion.
Here’s what’s important today about the issue of global warming: Without your personal involvement, little progress will be made; but when millions of like-minded people work together, change will come and progress can be made.
Next to the contest for governor, the most important Vermont elections this fall are those for the 180 seats in the Legislature. Republicans want to pick up seats in the House, so that chamber could sustain the governor’s vetoes if Brian Dubie is elected. Democrats want to maintain a veto-proof majority in the House, in case Peter Shumlin is not elected.
It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were college freshmen.
On a Friday night in September of 1970, the four of us trooped down to Mister Up’s for a big dinner out. We were full of excitement about what our new college adventure would bring.
For Middlebury-area residents the newest pastime is to take a stroll over the Cross Street Bridge in early evening hours. The bridge is yet to be open, there’s no traffic and the sunset on a warm fall day is spectacular.
On the national political scene, the GOP leadership is stirring the pot with talk of shutting down the government. With inflammatory speech about a government run amuck, spreading socialism and deficit spending that’s out of control, these holier-than-thou hypocrites then offer the soothing tag-line that their intent is to create a “smaller government that cares for the people” by returning power to the Republicans.