Education: Exceptionally Exceptional

"By the time the exceptional student reaches college, he has had eight years' training in how not to be exceptional. The unusual student who can survive all this—the destruction of initiative, the repression of spontaneity—is exceptionally exceptional." So spoke California Institute of Technology Psychologist John R. Weir last week at a round-table discussion of Caltech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology educators on how to cope with the exceptionally exceptional student.

The professionals gathered in Caltech's Dabney Hall in Pasadena were well qualified to speak on the subject. Among them: M.I.T.'s President James...

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