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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 12 2011: i think there are two questions here. intelligence is one things. education is another thing. i would say intelligence is a physical gene issue for us as a whole. is education increasing our intelligence? i dont think education has anything to do with intelligence.
    the idea that education=smarter is not true.
    if you have watched some of the talks here then I think its been established that most of the education systems ARE falling apart.
    I may know way more than my grandmother about specific things, but she knew way more about a lot more to make her a more conscientous member of society.
    if truly we were getting more intelligent then would we be smoking, choosing to NOT be farmers?

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