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Nov.5, 2008

Vol. 109, No. 4

American education

Looking at the current news on the Alumni Association Web site, one must wonder about the condition of secondary education in the United States. A couple of years ago, we were amazed that while we got two Nevada high school students accepted to the Class of 2011, the class ended up with three classmates from Madagascar.

Looking at the list of students honored at Opening Exercises this month (sophomores with outstanding freshman-year records), there were six awards given, five of which were given to foreign students. In order of prizes awarded, there were students from Turkey, China, Romania, Moldova, Florida, and Germany.

Does this mean that the local applicants we interview who are National Merit finalists may be good for Americans, but not all that outstanding on a world basis? I am not complaining about foreigners, but I am concerned as to what this says about American education as a whole.

Adrian Woodhouse ’59
Reno, Nev.

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