Today we have witnessed a complete and total failure of the American higher education system ("Paterno fired," Nov. 10). I am embarrassed that the educational system that I am a part of was responsible for affecting the lives of children in a negative way, not the positive ways that the good people in my field strive to do on a daily basis. This appalling scandal is not about touchdowns, a coaching legend’s fall from grace, or money, this about breaching the trust that every parent that sends their child to college expects from us as educators.
Every person in higher education has a moral responsibility and expectation to protect the young men and women we interact with on a daily basis. We are expected to protect and nurture their children the same way we would protect and nurture our own children. Today one of our great nation’s largest institutions of higher learning admitted that they failed in their moral obligation and responsibility to protect the children that their parents entrusted to us. They failed in properly investigating the claims brought before them and allowed a sexual predator repeated access to a venue to commit disgusting crimes on the most precious resource we can as human beings can create, our children.