February 12, 2008

A Fair Sacrifice

After the Sputnik scare, the United States realized that they were falling way behind in math and science, and decided to cultivate the bright young minds of the future. So, what did they do? Increase the federal funding of education for every student? No. They plucked only the very smartest kids out of all the classes, and put them in smaller advanced classes where their unique gifts could be capitalized upon. When I heard that, I thought, What? That's not fair! They should make those opportunities available to every kid! The country eventually agreed. And today, we are again significantly behind in math and science. So, what are our options for the future Einsteins who are in 2nd grade right now if they can't afford private school. Should we reconsider our first idea? After all, it got us to the moon first.