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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 22 2011: "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?"

    Education will teach whatever material is being offered at a predictable rate, but does not teach evaluation of issues where there is no clear right answer. One of the most important of these is how to compromise where different parties seem to have fundamentally different goals in a given situation. This situation will inevitably arise due to the variation in performance among the population, and the need for standards of measurement that quantify performance in a given situation, which will vary in the scale of abilities measured due to the above-mentioned differences in competence between different human beings in any given task.

    In the sense of not knowing how to resolve these contradictions, people in the current education system are definitely getting "less intelligent" in the sense that they are less likely to be able to maintain a society with efficient characteristics, measured by goal completion. This can be fixed, as described starting on line 59 here: http://pastebin.com/Q86Zhgs9

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