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May 03, 2008

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Alarmed American

I'm aghast -- I took all the AP science classes in high school (bio, chem, physics C) -- and Indian students under the ISCE National Standard take even more!

I wholeheartedly disagree with the idea that we should deliberately sacrifice time which could be spent on academics in order to free time for pursuits which develop this oft-cited yet vague "well-roundedness." Those softer skills -- such as communication, leadership, and teamwork -- can be incorporated into the academic curriculum. A homegrown example of this is the communications-intensive requirement at MIT. Engineering departments are required to incorporate team projects and oral and written presentations into their programs.

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