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Constance Alexander: What Kentucky needs is more college graduates, commitment to lifelong learning

My parents believed girls were best suited to teaching or nursing, and boys to engineering. As a result, my oldest sister became a nurse, and my big brother went off to college as an engineering major. The remaining three Alexander girls majored in education, mostly at my mother’s insistence that women had to have something “to fall back on,” like in the game of Monopoly, a sort of “Get out...

Constance Alexander: Strategies to improving education should include value of lifelong learners

Good thing Noah Davis graduated from University of Kentucky in 1992, when majoring in English and minoring in Philosophy was not considered a career catastrophe. With a combined SAT score of 1380, Noah could have opted for studies in math and science but — like most college-age kids then and now – he had no clear idea what he wanted his future to be. His intellectual curiosity led him toward...