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Shawn James Jr.

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Is the generation in education getting less intelligent than the ones before them or smarter?

I often hear people say that the generation after them are not as smart as they were growing up. By people I mean the adults like my parents and grandparents. What is your input on the issues with education? Do you believe the education system is falling apart?

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    Jun 16 2011: There is no doubt the intelligence of generations increase over time, our generation enjoys the comfort of exposure and the abundant availability of knowledge. But this has come for a price, due to the continuous and rapid influx of technology there has been suddenly a room created for absolute senselessness; example the various reality T.V shows, the entertainment gossips and other numerous social networking activities. This has dampened the creative skills of the current generation. But there is no doubt the direction of growth is clear and healthy. The few who lead the society are definitely of higher intellectual capacity.
    So i would say the education is defiantly getting more intelligent and people have become much smarter. There is room for improvement which is good because as long as there is room for improvement there is innovation.

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