Saturday, August 11, 2007

How is it the kids get the right answers?

Road Building
Originally uploaded by Capital I.
Great article in the Daily Press about a group of high school students who spent 4 weeks at Hampton University studying business and engineering. For one of those weeks, they worked on a real-world issue: traffic in Hampton Roads. Cathy Grimes notes, "Their ideas included light rail trains, bus service, a shipping container transfer station, and bridge tolls."

Now, how is it that these high school students can come up with a mixed-solution approach -- one that would serve all of Hampton Roads -- when the adults who seem to be in charge, are focused on roads, roads, and roads? The students have the right approach: we need a several solutions to be created concurrently in order to address our transportation woes. More bloody roads alone is not going to solve anything.

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