If media headlines on the declining quality of students being
produced by America's public education system ever get you down, take a
trip to the Binghamton University campus of the State University of New York, or SUNY.
You will be surprised at what you find: confident, bright, engaged, and
inquisitive students who are aware of the world around them, and not
afraid to express their opinions. These students get superb education
for around $5,000 a year!
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to a group of 24 students from SUNY's Binghamton University and Stony Brook University campuses. They were part of a program underwritten by the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women.
The non-sectarian foundation provides scholarships to enable New York
women to pursue careers in certain fields; at SUNY the funds underwrite
education in International Relations and Global Affairs, the topic I'd
been invited to address.