To help us understand the value of the educational journey I would like to take you on, we first need to take a realistic look at the realities that are presently in place. I apologize for beginning in such a traditional fashion, but having a clear understanding of where we stand at the outset is the best way to ensure that we can navigate a course to where we eventually want to be. We are where we are for a reason. Past and present political and educational rhetoric calls for the development of a unified educational system that spans an entire continent. Though the system is to be the main responsibility of state and local control, the goal has been to establish ...