In my observations, the urge I spoke of in my last message tracks pretty well with Jerry's comments below. It is strong in the top students, and continues, albeit sporadically, to about 20%, and then drops fast and disappears entirely. I'm not happy with that. I never understood why so many people don't think, they just react. But the world is what it is.
On Jan 27, 2012, at 1:25 AM, Jerome Epstein <email@example.com> wrote:
> 2. I would say that results on the tests show that something like 5% of > US students are still among the best in the world. Maybe 10% are very > good (including the first 5%), 20% are competent to graduate from high > school or Freshman year in college with a basic comprehension and > functionality in basic mathematics. Once you get below the top 20% you > start running into disaster very quickly.