Less finger-pointing. More hand-holding.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has its own take today on last week’s conference between leaders from K-12 and higher education. As reported, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pushed for more collaboration between the two systems in a speech there.

Ah, the finger-pointing. The Chronicle mentions how each system has blamed the other for the increasing need for remedial education in college. College officials say students arrive unprepared. K-12 officials say colleges aren’t training teachers correctly.

One could perhaps understand a gap between public and private institutions, or between business and the education system. But a disconnect between a public school system and the local public community college or university down the road? A head-scratcher. They’re both taxpayer-funded — and thus part of the same system.

Sure it may seem odd and logistically daunting, but should we stop viewing public education in as two separate tiers and view it instead as one system — K-16?

After all, many educators are already selling college as the destination almost everyone should be able to reach.

So what would it take to decrease the disconnect between public K-12 systems and public colleges and universities? I’ve got calls out to a few experts, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.