Senator Evan Bayh returned to his boyhood home Friday to join Indiana State University officials in dedicating the university’s College of Education to the Bayh family. Upon announcing his retirement from the Senate, Bayh made mention of pursuing a career as a university president. But Bayh said the two events have little to do with one another pointing to the fact that university officials voted to rename the college in October of 2009.
Bayh spoke before education leaders from ISU, citing math and science as areas in need of improvement. He suggested shortening summer breaks—a period of time in which studies suggest some students lose as much as two months of material retention. He also offered a few suggestions for improving the government.
“I’d start by trying to get the budget deficit under control. We can’t keep hemorrhaging red ink the way we’re doing,” Bayh said. “We’ve got to deal with our energy dependency. That’s really harming our country shipping way too much money to other countries for oil and that sort of thing and we’ve got to focus on improving education. That really is the key for our citizens going forward. So, we’ve got a full agenda.”
And his advice for that person who takes his place?
“Don’t listen to what they tell you in Washington, D.C.”
Bayh said he hopes the next Indiana senator will be “independent-minded,” and will be able to avoid many of the difficulties he says are created by rigid partisanship.