The world's top performing school systems share one cultural trait - they value education, academic excellence and intellectual achievement by their children - above sports, clubs or a job. From India to China to Korea to Finland.
Society gets what it celebrates. In American high schools we celebate sports and social standing. We rarely celebrate our academic or intellectual stars.
So it is not without irony that the STEM and ROBOTICS EXPO in Washington, DC is being used to hawk tickets to the Washington Wizards basketball game.
Here's the message: we'll put up with some kids and their science projects, then chug a few beers and really enjoy oursleves - watching a basketball game!!
And the adults will delude themselves into believing they're supporting STEM education.