IN "The Gods Must Be Crazy," a Coke bottle falls from a plane and lands among primitive tribesmen in Africa. They examine it, discuss it. But they never quite figure it out.
Much the same occurs in America each year when the College Board's report on the SAT drops from the sky. With math and verbal scores declining this year, the critics are buzzing.
Imagine the National Basketball Association announces a free-throw contest and asks each team to send its best shooter. Result: Good scores. The following year, the league asks each team to send its two best shooters; and in the third, its three best, and so on. Gradually the averages drop. Soon the headlines warn: "Free-throw shooting declines in the NBA."