"Linda Zhou, Alice Wei Zhao, Lori Ying, Angela Yu-Yun Yeung, Lynnelle Lin Ye, Kevin Young Xu, Benjamin Chang Sun, Jane Yoonhae Suh, Katheryn Cheng Shi, Sunanda Sharma, Sarine Gayaneh Shahmirian, Arjun Ranganath Puranik, Raman Venkat Nelakant, Akhil Mathew, Paul Masih Das, David Chienyun Liu, Elisa Bisi Lin, Yifan Li, Lanair Amaad Lett, Ruoyi Jiang, Otana Agape Jakpor, Peter Danming Hu, Yale Wang Fan, Yuval Yaacov Calev, Levent Alpoge, John Vincenzo Capodilupo and Namrata Anand.
No, sorry, it was not a dinner of the China-India Friendship League. Give up?
O.K. All these kids are American high school students. They were the majority of the 40 finalists in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search, which, through a national contest, identifies and honors the top math and science high school students in America, based on their solutions to scientific problems. The awards dinner was Tuesday, and, as you can see from the above list, most finalists hailed from immigrant families, largely from Asia."
The dumbing down of America has not happened by accident. It's resulted from an unrelenting effort by Christian conservatives and, by way of cynical vote-pandering to that group, the Republican Party over the past few decades. For the religious right, it's about not having to think about stuff that challenges their beliefs: stuff like science, stuff like the historical record of The United States. For the Party of NO, it's about the Rovian realization that the less educated the public, the more easily peddled are lies. It's about his brainstorm that religious fundamentalism equates, in large measure, with gullibility. It's about his party's satanically disingenuous -- and very successful -- manipulation of those folk.