Dr. Antonio Perez, President of Borough of Manhattan Community College

It seems nearly every analysis of the future of American competitiveness comes back to one topic: Education. And that highlights the problem: If a college degree is a requirement for employment – and with access to college tied to significantly to wealth – how do we find innovative and fair ways to make education available to anyone who qualifies and wants it? Or, to paraphrase the American Educational Research Association: Can schools provide individuals a way out of poverty. Few educators are more thoughtful about this issue – or spend more energy tying to solve it – than Dr. Antonio Perez. Dr. Perez is President of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, which just celebrated its 50th Anniversary. (Originally broadcast 5-5-13 on The John Batchelor Show)