By Dr. Laura Palmer Noone, CEO of University of the Potomac

If you have read some of my previous posts, you will know that I have two children in high school.  They are entering their sophomore year of high school and the conversations have invariably turned to when they will be getting their learner’s permit for the purposes of taking driver’s education.  As a parent the thought of my children behind the wheel is a terrifying thought.  (I can barely get them to pay attention as they walk down street because they are so engrossed in texting…)  Yet, the very words “learner’s permit” struck me differently this time.

Learner – in this context means learning to drive, and permit refers to the ability to get behind the wheel of an automobile with a licensed driver in the car with you.  Thankfully we don’t need a permit to learn most anything else and the proliferation of material on the internet makes researching any number of topics relatively easy.  But why is our US level of educational attainment faltering?  Because the answer is not access to content alone.  If it were, we would abandon any educational structure in favor of more open libraries where we could all go and learn on our own.  No, the answer is that the information alone is insufficient – you need a guide, a mentor, a teacher, to help you make sense of it.

There is an old adage that goes something like this – when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  Are you ready?