OK, folks, take a look at the above-linked article, and try to imagine just how we could have landed so far off the curves by chance. My psychologist/researcher/statistician wife would likely have “thrown us out” as an outlier, had this been her research. This information represents the kind of belief system that I am intent on passing to my kids. It seems like I have not been alone, at least for the last couple of hundred years. Perhaps I am wrong (I don’t think I am), but this entire U.S. phenomenon has seemingly been under attack for quite some time, from the inside as well as the outside. This is quite distressing.
For my part, I will be passing our “exceptionalism” along the blood line, and happily so.
Go love your kids!