When I stumble upon something that clearly expresses how I feel about a subject, it is a sheer delight to read. Brain candy to be enjoyed and hoarded. I immediately thank the god of the world wide web (aside: I think I will nominate Ganesha as the ruling deity of the www as he represents wisdom and learning) and kiss the LCD display with gratitude. I carefully save a copy on my laptop and email a dozen people hoping they would drop everything and read the gem I discovered. The great thing about brain candy — as opposed to regular candy — is that it is a public good — you can distribute them to everyone without ever diminishing the amount available to anyone.
Anyway, here is something that I enjoyed and wish to share with you. Charles Murray concludes his three part essay in the WSJ editorial pages (Jan 2007) with these words:
The aim here is not to complete an argument but to begin a discussion; not to present policy prescriptions, but to plead for greater realism in our outlook on education. Accept that some children will be left behind other children because of intellectual limitations, and think about what kind of education will give them the greatest chance for a fulfilling life nonetheless. Stop telling children that they need to go to college to be successful, and take advantage of the other, often better ways in which people can develop their talents. Acknowledge the existence and importance of high intellectual ability, and think about how best to nurture the children who possess it.
There are lots of quotable lines in there but it is best read in context.
Intelligence in the Classroom — Half of all children are below average, and teachers can do only so much for them.
What’s Wrong With Vocational School? — Too many Americans are going to college.
Aztecs vs. Greeks — Those with superior intelligence need to learn to be wise.