The Clever Shall Inherit the Earth

The Economist, January 22nd 2011: A special report on global leaders

The clever shall inherit the earth:

“As technology advances, the rewards to cleverness increase… Cognitive skills are at a premium, and they are unevenly distributed…”

In this Economist article, school reform is mentioned among other attributes needed to develop clever children, such as university educated parents, genetic dispositions for intelligence, and ” assortative mating”–highly educated persons marrying each other.  However, “school reform helps, but cannot level the playing field.”

Most games need a level the playing field to be fair to the opponents.  In the case above for developing cleverness, school reform is not enough to overcome the other factors listed.



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