Sunday, February 25, 2007
AUTHOR DOOLING MAKES A POINT:
NEBRASKA DISSES BRAINIAC STUDENTS
A tip o' the hat to Omaha-based novelist and screenwriter Richard Dooling, whose op-ed in The World-Herald last week revealed that Nebraska habitually derogates its most accomplished high-school scholars by ignoring their competition in the pinnacle of academics, the 10-event Academic Decathlon.
Dooling said Nebraska is the only state that does NOT provide any funding for student contestants among the 40 states that regularly send contestants to the national Academic Decathlon. Dooling said that's according to volunteer coordinator John Anstey of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Meanwhile, Nebraska teams has finished in the top five for three years in a row.
Dooling knows first-hand what a great program this is, that Nebraska educrats and politicians either hate or take for granted: his son was formerly an Aca-Deca contestant from Omaha Creighton Prep.
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