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--Diane Weaver, with AT&T
It's interesting that the phrase "innate differences" doesn't even appear in Summers' speech … in fact, even the word "innate" is absent. There's a fine line between political correctness and overweaning piety.
-John Friesen, with Blue Giant Media
I've been reading your thoughts for years. Recently you've addressed issues that seem disparate, but that all relate to the future of American business. I'm a small business owner with a degree in elementary education and a professional educator for a wife.
Your recent e-column quoting Bill Clinton's thoughts on job outsourcing and this one regarding Lawrence Summers' speech illustrate what I perceive to be one of America's biggest roadblocks.
The only real way to keep high-paying jobs in the U.S. is the constant development of new high-paying jobs. That requires innovation--which requires world-leading education. "No Child Left Behind" does not move us in that direction. So how do we once again lead the world in education--and thus innovation? I'm not sure that I know. But I've recently read and heard very intriguing thoughts from diverse sources--the "two Bills" (Bennett and Clinton), for example; and from Jonathon Kozol and David McCullough and George Will.
Here's my point and yours (?)--we are so politicized in America today that we selectively react to rational arguments. We can't even consider the reasoned thoughts of someone not aligned with our own political leanings. We hear what we want to hear and discard the rest. Please, Denny, tell me how we change this.
--Jim Brown, with Direct Marketing Solutions
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