Thursday, April 29, 2010

 

Jerry Pournelle:
In 1983 the National Commission on Education, headed by Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg, wrote that "If a foreign nation had imposed this system of education on the United States, we would rightfully consider it an act of war." . . . We have a system of public education indistinguishable from an enemy attack -- and it has been getting worse since the Seaborg report. . . .

Nationally we have opted for equality over excellence. That means that nationally we ignore bright students unless they fit other profiles. . . .

We all know, although few of us say it anymore, that 90% of human progress is the result of about 10% of the population. Those numbers are neither fixed nor rigidly accurate, but they're close enough. The first goal of a tax paid education system should be to see that the 10% get a good start. That's unfair to the other 90% in the short run, but it's more than fair over the long haul. We used to know that. Most of us still know that, but we don't say it very often now.