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Quick Highlight: Math, Science, Creativity

October 17, 2011

Today’s quick highlight is an article titled “Why Education Without Creativity Isn’t Enough” in Authored  by Anya Kamenetz, the article discusses the relative merits of domestic and overseas higher education systems. Often maligned for trailing foreign math and science programs, it is suggested that the U.S. education system redeems itself by enabling thinkers:

American education is by far the best in the world. “The U.S. education system is much more geared to innovation and practical application,” says Murthy. “It’s really good from high school onward.” To compete long term, we need more brainstorming, not memorization; more individuality, not standardization. [all italics are added by and denote excerpts from the article]

Kamenetz closes by pointing out:

Our education system has plenty of critics; I’ve been one of them. But when facing the mercurial demands of today’s job market, it seems there’s still a profound need for the social, discursive, American liberal-arts model at its best. Which may explain why 100,000 Indians are currently studying in the U.S. One of them is Murthy’s elder son, who just started his freshman year at UC Berkeley.

This is an interesting and insightful article. It will make you take a second look at what you’ve heard about domestic and foreign education.


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