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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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  • Jul 6 2011: I think the generation of the age to be in the educational system right now is A LOT more intelligent than the generations before them (and I am of the generations before them).

    They can process information quicker, understand the epistomology of situations faster, plow through data more efficiently, weed out BS faster, take action faster, try new things faster, and on and on.

    One of the reasons our educational system is falling apart is that is has completely lost pace with the evolution of the intelligence of our young people. Look at the drop out that can't pass a math class but makes thousands of dollars selling drugs? Look at the drop out who can't follow a teachers instruction in the classroom but is a highly ranked soldier in the local gang? The entrepreneurs who blew off college?

    I believe this is a part of the fall of politics and hierarchies in the US. This generation doesn't buy it. It looks like a bunch of old men fighting over the last piece of chicken on the kitchen table while someone left the barn door open.

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