Strong learners: Academically gifted students abound in public schools
The three-day Commissioner’s Academic Challenge has been around since 1986. Every school system in Florida can field a team. Teams compete in one of three divisions, depending on the size of the district. Over the course of three days, successive rounds winnow the divisional competitors to three teams that vie for the championship in their division.
As a spectator at several of the tournaments, I was floored by the breadth of knowledge the young people displayed, and the speed with which they could perform complex calculations.
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