The writer, a McCook, Neb., native, is past president/chancellor of three major state universities (Illinois State University, West Virginia University and the University of Kansas). He taught at Princeton University.
A recent Rasmussen poll tells us that American voters have little confidence in our K-12 schools. A mere 18 percent of respondents believe that most high school graduates have the skills needed for college. (Sixty-one percent believe they don’t have the skills, and 21 percent aren’t sure.)