Revealing article and interesting comments thus far. The article (and comments) reveal statistics that get a few interpretations from one of the higher ed leaders, from the columnist, and now from the comment givers. Numbers don't lie, but they can certainly be interpreted in different ways. So, whose interpretation of the supposed causes/effects BEHIND these stats are we to believe?
I teach at a local college; my wife teaches at a local elem school...you can imagine the discussions WE have about these same issues and stats because of the real, live students we face everyday that make up these NUMBERS. The article is only beginning to scratch the surface and I appreciate Bolton's observations to help wake us up to some possible causes.
Now, let's go deeper.
Don't we need some critical thinking skills to find our way through? And with only 4 comments after two weeks, it seems like our motivation is a bit low as well. Critical thinking skills and Motivation -- might these be additional factors needed in the conversation? ...and within our schools AND families as well?
Along with those who rubbed their eyes in disbelief when Lamborn entered/exited the presidential plane from DC to COS, I too could not help but think of the hypocrisy and irony displayed in the situation [written so well by McComb & Nicholl (July 4)]. I remember standing with that colorful crowd outside Lamborn's office in the Springs almost a year ago after his infamous 'tar-baby' quotes directed at Obama; I remember feeling snubbed by Lamborn and associates because they couldn't seem to bother to tell us at the time why he made such racist remarks to explain his hate toward Obama's economic policies.
But now I'm ready for another view: instead of looking aghast at Lamborn, I'm looking with increased admiration toward Obama. No matter Lamborn's motives, Obama is the one who extends his hand (and forgiveness) toward an avowed enemy. I don't think the idea to "come fly with me" initiated from the Lamborn camp. And if Obama was the one who extended the invitation, then it was quite ingenious and Christ-like at the same time. Looking past differences to concentrate on the need at hand; finding common ground to work together -- that is a government I'd like to see a bit more of, and yes, I find it QUITE hopeful that it took a place like our beloved (yet hurting) Colorado Springs to see it happen!
Bruce McCluggage, PPCC philosophy instructor
p.s. And yes, I am the proud father of Jonas McCluggage whose artful rendition of Smokey the Bear on Indie's front page put a tear in ALL of our eyes (red/blue, black/white, churched/unchurched, et al.)
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