Some readers are probably reading my post title above and thinking that my point is, “Look how hypocritical Intel is, claiming a STEM shortage but not supporting U.S. high school science!” But actually, the full title is, “Intel Not Interested in Science Contest — and Neither Am I.”
Actually, I wrote a Bloomberg op-ed on this topic a couple of years ago. A short summary would be “The Intel contest is not what you think it is, and in fact it is largely a gaming of the system by well-connected kids and their parents.” My guess is that Intel finally realized this too, and decided to pull out. I applaud that decision.
By the way, around 2013 I wrote 6 or 7 Bloomberg op-ed pieces, many at their invitation. The above link, http://www.bloombergview.com/contributors/norman-matloff used to show the complete collection, but now only the piece on the Intel science contest remains. Since many of the articles concerned H-1B, on which my views are antithetical to those of Bloomberg, the possibility of censorship suggests itself. Maybe so, maybe not, but in any case, I am grateful to my editor, Katy Roberts, for running the pieces and indeed asking me to write many of them.