Take writing -- a skill that Baird said is losing emphasis in schools these days in early grades. Too many students head to school unprepared to get basic thoughts across in print. But high school teachers -- already having to cover a set curriculum through the year -- have neither the time nor the training to get those students caught up.
In college, the gap only widens, as the now-college freshman is unable to write even the most basic essay.
"Most high school teachers say, 'Hey, they're supposed to come to me with that skill ready.' ... The college instructors say, 'Why can't they do this work?' "
"To put it very bluntly, the schools and the colleges need to start working together. ... Everybody's passing the buck."