Debate: Do educators expect too much of too many students?

08/24/2008 | Wall Street Journal (free content), The

In "Real Education," Charles Murray asserts that the problem with modern education isn't low expectations but unrealistic ones, saying many students who are being propelled toward the college track just aren't smart enough to pursue these studies, while academically stronger students aren't given sufficient attention. Murray's plan to put most students on vocational tracks risks underestimating the academic capabilities of late-bloomers and others with disadvantages, writes former U.S. News & World Report education editor Ben Wildavsky.

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