The Corner on National Review Online: "U.S. Math Scores [John Derbyshire]
Math-teaching anecdote from chez Derb. Nellie is doing factorization of quadratic forms—factorizing, for example, 2x^2+5x-3 into (2x-1)(x+3). She had done all the homework exercises, but had a test next day, so came up to my study to beg me to write out some more exercises she might try. "