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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: unfortunately i have to say less. "brilliant minds" setting education policy such as incentives to schools for test performance and removing all scores, prizes, ticks and crosses are to blame. they've given us a generation of kids who've remembered a bunch of facts but have had to time after that to learn how to apply them, and who, never having had to face the shame of getting a D think they're wonderful and therefore have no motivation.

    furthermore it's destroyed all the good teachers. if you've given the world a class full of well-adjusted kids able to work out the answers to problems on their own, able to handle the upset of getting second place, and motivated to work hard for their A and enjoy the feeling of success at reaching it, you'll be deemed an inept teacher by a panel of government bureaucrats, psychologists and school board members (none of which has taught a class in their life), who will then cut off your funding in favour of someone who can turn out a 'good' class of kids able to parrot the textbook.
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      Jun 28 2011: Hi Ben,
      Minds are still brilliant, we've just used our primary socialization tool (public education) improperly. Good teachers have not been destroyed they've just gone underground.

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