Kristof Takes American Education to Task

In today’s installment of “Nicholas Kristof Scolds America,” the jet-setting New York Times columnist brings us the story of a 14-year-old Vietnamese girl who rides her bike 90 minutes every day to school. “I wish we Americans could absorb a dollop of [her] reverence for education,” writes Kristof, who notes that the U.S. has one of the worst high-school-graduation rates in the developed world. Americans should take a cue from Asian countries and realize that their country’s long-term success will depend upon developing human capital through devotion to education. This column’s takeaway: Nicholas Kristof is sending you to your room to do homework.