Monday, March 01, 2010

Conformists and High School exams

"His practical sense extended to university admissions. Thode did not like the trend that saw only grade 13 examination results as the criteria for admission to university. "By continuing to require higher and higher performance in such exams," he said, "we will soon reach the level where we cut out some of our most imaginative people, students who perhaps are non-conformists but, once they find themselves, will leave many of the others far behind. I can think of Churchill and Einstein as examples."

Harry Thode, McMaster University President, 1961-1972
source: Zack, Martin and Lee. Harry Thode: Scientist and Builder at McMaster University, McMaster University Press, 2003

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