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|User Info||Fraudlent Education Friday; entered at 2008-06-06 16:41:55|
Registered: 2008-05-19 Caution: Congress at Work
The way to encourage the best and brightest is not to give them awards but to get out of their way, and when you recognize that they may be go on to greater things than you ever did, don't try to cut them down to size because you're afraid of how small you will feel when they do.
I'm not sure how recognizing these kids will 'cut them down to size'. Yes, there is certainly much more to nurturing these high-performing kids than just paper awards, metals or trophies. But we need to recognize these kids; if we did the same for them as we did our athletes (actually, instead of athletes), then our country would value and respect real high academic achievement instead of marginalizing it or making it into a joke.