Top-performing students are less likely to choose science, technology, engineering and math majors in college. From Education Week:
For instance, from the 1970s through the 1990s, the percent of the top-performing high school graduates who chose college STEM majors rose. But from the 1990s through the cohort between 2000 and 2005, the proportion of top-tier students choosing STEM plunged, from 29 percent to 14 percent, though their overall representation in STEM remains larger than lower-performing students, overall.
. . . (Authors) speculate that top-tier students may regard non-STEM careers — in health care, business, and the law — as higher-paying, more prestigious, or more stable.
I wonder if we’ll see more very bright students go into engineering and science now that other alternatives don’t look quite so glittering.