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January 12, 2014

Education is what works

On Feb. 9, Lake Central High School, in Lake County, dedicates its new $120 million complex. This is a renovation and extension of its existing structure. The public will be invited to see what their money is buying and learn how education at Lake Central will be enhanced by the new facility.

For all of us, this is a good reminder that in some areas of the state, progress is being made in reinvigorating education. Some citizens do not see the need for structural improvements. They will testify, “What was good enough for me when I went to school, ought to be good enough for today’s students.” At the other extreme are those inclined to say, “There is nothing too good for my child and the school in my area ought to reflect my values.”

Between these extremes are the many who recognize the quality of facilities influences the education students receive. Further, school buildings are community assets that influence the location of families and businesses alike. Structures and facilities adequate 20 year ago are out-of-date, as are teachers who have not modernized their methods and curriculum.

Every new education facility in Indiana should be the object of a community celebration. Given today’s financial puritanism, no district dares to spend too much on frills and fads.

“Indiana, the state that works” is the latest frivolous slogan used to attract capital investment to Indiana. No doubt you heard this slogan was on a sign above Times Square during the year just past.

What does this assertion mean? Does it suggest Hoosiers work harder than those who live elsewhere? Does it signify the social and political mechanisms of Indiana are better attuned to each other than will be found in Ohio?

I was reminded of the Indiana works ad as I watched TV recently. There was an ad encouraging investment in Mongolia with essentially the same message. We have the people, the knowledge, the work ethic, the willingness to engage with business, etc. The ad agency for Mongolia missed its desired viewers, just as I suspect Indiana was taken by its ad agency with a sign in Times Square.

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