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Lots of interesting articles in today's on-line newspapers while I occupy myself with a slow project.

(I am in the process of transferring my Arnold Schoenberg CD collection onto my hard drive so I can access them throughout the house on my home netwerk – yes, I know this is geeky to the max).

The New York Times has this sobering assessment of U.S. educational standards and the disconnect between high school graduation and college entrance standards. This is something of a personal interest as even those undergraduates admitted to a college as prestigious as my employer, Washington University, often need remedial classes, and I sometimes hear complaints about the math and english composition abilities of freshmen students.

But I don't know if this is anything really new. There has always been something of a gap between high school and college entrance, and I can recall remedial classes being offered to my incoming biology class all the way back in 1977 when I started out at Sussex University. Perhaps the gap has widened; perhaps students today are less well prepared for the change in learning strategy required for college. If so, it will make life a lot harder for a some otherwise bright and capable students. The depressing conclusion of the article was that this was driving students away from college – but I am not so sure if they will stay away given the necessity of a college degree to get even a reasonably paying job these days.