Excellent article and frighteningly true.
... Harrison Bergeron?
Isn't that the short story where a Handicapper General makes sure everyone is equal, not just in opportunity, but equally mediocre. Strong and athletic people have to wear weights, beautiful people have to wear masks, intelligent people have to wear earplugs that periodically disrupt their thoughts with bursts of noise.
A problem, though this seems to be a rehash of the 'why can't Johnny read' articles for the past 50 years and appear as filler in CNN.
This same page had a link claiming the Dawkins has finally seen the light and 'abandoned his Islamaphobia' realizing that 'many on the left were correct all along' and that the Middle East problems are NOT caused by Islam
Then another article that PSI (psychic) research is about ready to really (this time) bear fruit.
Strange that this site is worried about education.
I should clarify. I have issues with the verity of alternet in general, I'm not trying to complain that you brought up this subject. My language (education?) could have been a bit better but it was the middle of the night and I couldn't sleep.