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    Striving for balance Little Linguist's Avatar
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    Default Do you know as many political facts as an 8th grader in 1954?

    Would you be able to answer the same questions as an 8th grader in 1954?

    I don't really think this article demonstrates that people are smarter or stupider, but I really do think it tells us that our educational system might not place as much emphasis on current events or facts....
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    I find it interesting that this tries to say that schools have fallen because there isn't as strong an emphasis on memorization. The yes/no opinion questions make no sense to me as well. How does a teacher grade an opinion question if there is no justification?

    "Does a dictator care for the welfare of the people?", and "Two things necessary to any good government?" are the ones that stood out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueGray View Post
    I find it interesting that this tries to say that schools have fallen because there isn't as strong an emphasis on memorization.
    Knowledge (not to be confused with critical thought or understanding) IS memorization; it might not be sufficient, but it is certainly necessary for a good education....and the modern educational system royally sucks in this regard.

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