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Given the intense pressure schools face, it is vital for them to have the active support of American business. But the problem is that school-business partnerships often amount to rhetoric, followed by the donation of a fixed sum of money and, subsequently, a satisfied feeling that corporate responsibility has been relieved. In my opinion, such efforts are about as effective as giving your neighborhood school a sundial.
Americans always have believed in myths. Despite our fascination with the scientific, we find it preferable to accept as true some pretty fantastic explanations for problems whose solutions, if sought rationally, would be as unpalatable as accepting a spherical and heliocentric world is to the Flat Earth Society.
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