Education Has Missed Windows Of Opportunity
Editorial by Pete Ketcham
We are all familiar with the term “Window of Opportunity”, and we can no doubt look back in our personal lives and see missed Windows of Opportunity.
The following are two definitions of “Window of Opportunity”:
“A favorable opportunity for doing something that must be seized immediately if it is not to be missed”
“A window of opportunity is a period of time during which some action can be taken that will achieve a desired outcome. Once this period is over, or the “window has closed”, the specified outcome is no longer possible.”
History is replete with numerous world changing missed Windows of Opportunity. As a student of WW2 history I always think of the missed opportunity to have stopped Hitler when he violated the “Treaty of Versailles” by crossing the Rhine River. At that time France alone had enough divisions to “roll up” the small German army and discredit Hitler as a leader, but instead did nothing. Four years later Hitler “rolled up” France as the Germans went around and over the fortified French Maginot line with their Panzer tanks, and Stuka dive bombers.
In like kind, I see to day where the conservatives had a window of opportunity in the early 60’s to stop the progressive liberals from taking control of the US education system, but like France, did nothing. I have lamented and complained for the last ten years that the conservatives should have retaken control (we had it once) of the school system, but now have had to accept the fact that the “window has closed, and the specified outcome is no longer possible.”
This is not to say that conservative control of the school system can never happen, but like the long and bloody war against Germany, it is going to get much worse, before it gets better, as the present education system churns out young Socialists by the millions every year.
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