The crusading journalist Nicholas Kristof has long been an advocate of educational travel programs for high-school and college students. In 2006 he called for universities to offer college credit for gap year programs and independent travel.
Visionary, right? But the proposal went nowhere.
His latest column starts out on familiar ground, with Kristof criticizing American universities for their narrow approach to the study of pressing global issues:
One of the great failures of American universities is that they are far too parochial, rarely exposing students to worlds beyond our borders.
But then he gets to the sticking point….