|Two decades after the bold concept of these specialized high schools was hatched, they are demonstrating their worth
* The nation ranks 14th among developed countries in terms of students' ability to perform advanced algebra.
* Korean schoolchildren solve complex math problems four times faster than do U.S. pupils.
* A survey of college-bound U.S. high school students revealed that a mere 1 percent were planning to major in math or the physical sciences.
* Meanwhile, the National Science Foundation, in a controversial report, has predicted that within two decades the U.S. will be suffering a shortage of more than 600,000 scientists.
Such statistics have convinced Massachusetts state senator Arthur E....