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Thinking Aloud
The Science of Better
You write for the New York Times, and it's Election Day 2008 in America. You're writing an important piece on what America urgently needs in its new future. So, what rises to the very top of your list? Bob Herbert, columnist for the New York Times, offered a somewhat surprising analysis, dwelling not exclusively but perhaps most emphatically on a single problem, our American antipathy toward intellectual excellence; making particular reference to our illiteracy in math and science. A national crisis to vie with any other-that's where we'll begin our discussion, on today's Thinking Aloud.—Original airdate: 11/5/2008

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