Educational Decline?

By Patrick Appel
Tim Kane praises soft skills:

...soft skills are the key to workforce success, not hard skills. It may be difficult to measure creativity, perseverance, and flexibility, but they not only underpin entrepreneurship, but also serve as the basis for productive teamwork. The danger I see is a school system that is increasingly managed from the top, emphasizing measurable hard skills, but too politically correct and legalistic to enforce classroom discipline, teacher excellence, or personal responsibility. Of course, competition is another cultural advantage America once had, but the very idea of competition among children is becoming a taboo.