But We’re Ignoring Gifted Kids

Washington Post, Feb. 2, 1992 (with Richard J. Herrnstein).


MOST OF the hand-wringing over American education has been misdirected. While the special problems of the disadvantaged have still not been adequately addressed, a thorough look at the performance of college-bound students over the last few decades indicates that the average student has not, in fact, fared badly in the recovery from the reforms of the 1960s. Rather, our society has continued to fail those with high levels of the kind of cognitive ability measured by the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). This is worth worrying about, for much of our society’s functioning depends on the people who possess such ability.