Pick: I asked my nephew who was 17 at the time and considered gifted by his parents, a simple mathematical question; How many gallons of water fall on an acre, if one inch of rain falls upon it? He did not know how to even start to calculate the answer.
PrivateCaboose: enik: PrivateCaboose: enik: doyner: Get comfy for the long haul, folks. The Tea Party ain't going anywhere.Why yes, when I think teachers unions and public schools, I think Tea Party. Good observation.I think he means: kids aren't getting any smarter, so we're in for more dumb leadership even with the next generation.I would think that one would perhaps look at the mechanism responsible for helping make kids smarter. I'm not a Tea Party person, but I think we need to blame shiatty family structure and lousy schools before we blame a minor political party.Sigh you are still missing it.Dumb kids become dumb adults.Dumb adults join Tea Party.Tea Party stays alive for the long haul.Have we painted a simple enough picture?
Dr. Kefarkian: Pick: I asked my nephew who was 17 at the time and considered gifted by his parents, a simple mathematical question; How many gallons of water fall on an acre, if one inch of rain falls upon it? He did not know how to even start to calculate the answer.I'll take, "Who the fark cares?" for 600, Alex
GodComplex: ikanreed: So much for the Flynn effect. Really, I think rising social inequality is behind this, two incomes, no free time, no budget for extra educational resources. We're racing towards third world now, and the proposed solutions from half the country will just push us there faster.I believe the Flynn Effect just state that IQ needs to be re-evaluated every 10 years, when the average IQ may increase about 3 points. Course it could be that more kids are taking the SATs which could skew the results.
Uranus Is Huge!: They'll rescale the scoring again in a few years. Back in my day, a 1300 meant something.
lamecomedian: Headline: "High School Student's SAT Scores Continue to Slip"FTA:"High school seniors who graduated earlier this year generated the exact same scores as last year's crop of test takers.""Continue" and "slip" - what do they MEAN?
TedDalton: It's all about street smarts.....
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