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Global Education

You invited your readership to write to you and I am taking advantage of your invitation. To begin with, I am bewildered as to how a state with a population of ca. 608,000 and a moderately small university is going to educate a global society, or for that matter modestly participate in the issue(s). Moreover, when I read the Vermont Alumni magazine and there are pictures and snapshots of university students talking about Vermont farmers growing hemp, both situations i.e., the president’s remarks and the “one Question” commentary, are quite myopic and not sensitive to their own culture or cultures that surround them. In fact, about 60+ miles north, you have one of the world’s riches cultures, Quebeçois, that in my opinion directly impacts on the quality of life for many Vermonters that appears to be completely ignored by the university community.

I ask: How many students at UVM can speak, read and write Française or understand Canadian French dialect?

Having recently retired from a university life at one of the world’s largest university communities and watching the University of Vermont struggle with its identity is unfortunate. In my tenure at Ohio State University I have worked with or am still working with representatives from China in the medical profession. I dare say they are no worse or no better than the individuals I have worked with in the past that are from many of the other global societies. They are engaged in intellectual pursuits to create a better quality of life for themselves and their families. It seems the university community in Vermont would be a bit more diverse community if it focused on, or participated in, some small measure in the rich diverse life that exists around them rather than be involved in creating an atmosphere for which their expectations and rewards may not be realized.

My education at UVM in the 50s stood me quite well in my chosen profession and I didn’t need those issues I am reading about in the Vermont Quarterly. I seriously doubt that the Vermont Quarterly and its inroads into the Chinese culture and growing hemp in Vermont will create a more diverse culture in the state of Vermont.

George E. Milo ’58, ’61
Via e-mail

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