Recall his speech on the moon mission:
And now read this from the Wall Street Journal on how students are initially gung ho for math and science and then shut down because it’s hard. Really? Math is hard? What I’ve noted through the progression is that it’s just more operational symbols that get introduced, first functions, trigonometry, calculus, linear system and the list goes on.
Are we really a nation of mediocrity now? We’d do well to listen to the words of President Kennedy. We choose to go the the Moon…not because it is easy, but because it is hard!”