At times, the imaginings for Vermont-as-Education-State went even further.
Some of us argued in the conferences for both a focus on education (private and public) and a focus on the cleanest industry of all (research and development). In a symbiotic/catalytic relationship, each would support and improve the other, with well-educated graduates staffing the labs and attracting new investments in faculties and facilities and customers for both.
Vermont would have become a magnet state-not for free public services, but for highly competitive schools and labs. The mix would have generated innovation, jobs, income, investment, and revenues for the public sector in taxes and for the private sector in profits. The road was never taken.
Even as this dream faded away, those of us who wondered where it went, back in the late '70s, never could figure out why it never happened. The question isn't even being asked any more. Instead, the nearest thing to an education strategy has been the captive-insurance company strategy.
Retired Vermont architect Martin Harris observes Green Mountain State politics from a safe distance-Tennessee.