I've talked about the perils associated with under-represented youth in technical areas of study.
It is difficult for me to fathom that our children simply do not want to excel. Certainly there are issues of access, mentorship, and socio-economics. Nonetheless, I would assert that the problem is much broader than we are led to believe.
My beloved alma mater, BTHS is mentioned in the artile below, and I am certain that most of the students who gain entrance to the the elite NYC specialized HS are indeed interested in achievment.
It also appears that in at least one case there is foul play afoot, relative to funding AP exams.
Taking the point a step further, one could point to elementary education as the beginning of the problem. I recently picked up the Final Call and the title read "Escaping the Killing Fields", very unfortunate depiction of public schools.
What does the future hold for our children? As a product of public education, I refuse to believe that public schools have zero value. I'm clear that vouchers aren't the panacea for all concerned..
The article below requires priviledged access. If anyone can point me to a cached article, let me know.