Universities' failures have been manifold. They assume authority and responsibility then fail to deliver the remedies they promise. Institutions that are supposed to act as storehouses of humanistic values seem to abandon those values and look with indifference on the destruction of the lives of their own students.
This month around the nation, dignitaries and celebrities are sharing words of wisdom with eager graduates at high school, college, and university commencements. I am still waiting for my invitation to speak. But, if I were asked, here is an abbreviated version of what I would say. I call it "Six Degrees of Education."