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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 18 2011: Personally, I think the current generation is just as smart, if not smarter than the previous generation. The previous generation will always look at the current and think they are not as good. They will never look at the current generation and think they are better, for the simple reason that humans are no good at admitting inferiority. We like to believe that we are better than everyone else. It's part of what makes us who we are. I'm certain that my generation will look upon the next and scoff at their ignorance.
    Also, when you see someone younger than you and try and imagine yourself at that age, you give yourself way too much credit. You think, "I was so much smarter than they are when I was their age. Why, by the time I was their age, I could..." The thing is, you probably couldn't. It probably took you another year or two to be able to. But your memory just casually forgets about that and moves right on.

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