Thursday, June 16, 2011

A gaping hole in philantropy

It seems that improving K-12 education is a major philanthropic priority. However, much if not all of the effort is directed towards underachieving students. While addressing this issue is a noble objective, increasing the productivity of overachieving students is equally important in the long term, as improving research provides a boon to everyone 20 years down the road. Most important discoveries are made by people under thirty. Should that be restated as in the first fives years of research? If not, this opportunity should be exploited.