Archive for January 31st, 2005

31st January

First Published in The New York Sun, January 31, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

It appears to me that there are a disproportionate number of foreign-born students among the finalists and semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search competition. Moreover, many of these students appear to have received their early education in their country of origin, not here in America. Is there a lesson here?
I think there is. Education practices in America are designed to “level off” all students into the vast middle ground lest we damage the self-esteem of those performing at lower levels. Students from other countries, where academic competition is encouraged and curricula are designed to challenge the brightest, may well have an advantage over the children who have been held back by the “progressive” educational theories that dominate in American schools.