This past Monday President Clinton came to Annapolis to give a major address on educational policy. The president said many things, but though his speech was 53 minutes long, he didn't say everything. Allow us to fill in some of the blanks.
Who can disagree when he says every 8-year-old should be able to read, that every 12-year-old should be able to surf the Internet and that every 18 year-old should be able to go to college? Not us, but can we really fault schools for every child's reading problem? Isn't there a need to tell parents they're not doing their jobs unless they read with their children until it becomes a habit?
We have no doubt that the Internet connection - wiring classrooms and the like - will be made by companies who want to sell future consumers their doorway to cyberspace. College is another story. Clinton said that every 18-year-old "should be able" to go, but what he didn't say is that college isn't for everyone. Some students who learn the electrical or the plumbing trade, for example, might be happier and more productive than some college graduates.