Perhaps the problem is that too few households have children in school. As our population ages and as marriages are deferred, the portion of households with children declines. Further, those who do have students at home may be willing to let the education of other people’s youngsters fail as long as they think their little darlings are well-served.
Hoosiers now are being lulled into complacency by our relatively low unemployment rate. We are caught up in bureaucratic and political disputes about standards and licensing when we ought to be outraged about the low level of achievement of our young adults who have already passed through our formal education institutions.
Our need as a state is to look clearly at the consequences of our collective stinginess, our low level of aspirations, our fear of change and our pride in being backward.
Morton J. Marcus is an economist, writer and speaker formerly with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He can be reached at email@example.com.