Education: Confucian Work Ethic

Asian-born students head for the head of the class

When the Westinghouse Science Talent Search named its top achievers this month, the announcement was yet another instance of a growing national trend. Grand Winner Paul Ning, 16, is not a native-born American. The son of a Taiwanese diplomat, Ning came to the U.S. at the age of three. By eleven, he was constructing a simple wind tunnel to study the relationship between velocity and pressure. Now a senior at the elite Bronx High School of Science in New York City, Ning feels, "You have to be aggressive in your studies to...

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