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Chapter ElevenThe Existential Challenge for Schools: Voices from Our Future

To grasp the enormous importance of corn to America, one must walk, ride, or drive between the western central plains and the Atlantic Coast and envision endless orthogonal extensions, broken only by the low green of soybeans, arrow-straight roads, two stoplight towns, and crow-laden power lines. In the summer of 2003, I drove for ten days with my son, Josh, then a rising junior in high school, on a college visit tour from Baltimore to Indianapolis, and other than the center of a few big cities, I don’t believe we were out of sight of cornfields for fifteen minutes the entire trip. In that July the corn was tall, thick, and emerald green. By the time we got to northern ...

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