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Are people less intelligent now than they were 10 years ago?

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  • Bozette 2012/04/11 14:45:55
    LOL!!!
    Bozette
    +9
    Knowing facts isn't a measure of a person's intelligence. I think the youth today, while being more advanced in the use of technology are not nearly as well educated in the nuts and bolts of things.

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  • Farnsworth 2012/04/11 15:51:05
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    Farnsworth
    +3
    Not sure about 10, 4 years for sure
  • Assassi... Farnsworth 2012/04/11 16:11:34
  • xXmIsSuNdErStoOdXx 2012/04/11 15:48:44
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    xXmIsSuNdErStoOdXx
    +5
    We put idiots on a pedestool. jersey shore cast
    snokki being stupid
  • jere.ch... xXmIsSu... 2012/04/11 21:54:43
  • Justin.Long 2012/04/11 15:47:41
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    Justin.Long
    +3
    but Its not solely on them either, its the education system and parents
  • joe ramirez 2012/04/11 15:43:07
    LOL!!!
    joe ramirez
    +3
    For those who think abstracly,they have become more inteligible, and in the 21st century it seems that intelligence is not declineing but increasing. Then you have to classify in race,age,male,female, and it is a broad spectrum to measure.
  • lucky 2012/04/11 15:29:43
    LOL!!!
    lucky
    +3
    No, I dont think so, I think we just see more ignorant people due to the internet, they've always been there, we just were not as exposed to them as we are now thanks to modern communication technology.
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2012/04/11 15:27:06
    No way
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    +1
    Not at all
  • no1badboy56 2012/04/11 15:25:32
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    no1badboy56
    +2
    You would think that with the advent of the internet, ebooks etc they would know. However, I am not surprised considering the mentality, when your self absorbed what else is there?
  • cellophane 2012/04/11 15:23:21
    No way
    cellophane
    +2
    Intelligence has nothing to do with it. We have xx days in a year for 12 years to stuff kids' brains with all the knowledge necessary to survive in the world once they graduate. There is far more knowledge necessary today than when I was in school. So while it's sad that events are being skipped in history class (or touched on so briefly that the kids didn't remember), that's progress, right?
  • Mrs. V 2012/04/11 15:22:39
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    Mrs. V
    +3
    When over half the country votes in a known Marxist, yes, OH LORD, yes, they are dumb.
  • ProudPr... Mrs. V 2012/04/11 16:22:51
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    When a lunatic fringe thinks that a Moderate Progressive President is a Marxist but supports candidates who would make Mussolini proud, yes OH LORD, yes, they are dumb.
  • Mrs. V ProudPr... 2012/04/12 03:49:53
    Mrs. V
    Nice try.
  • Booッ 2012/04/11 15:19:22
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    Booッ
    +2
    Bite me!
  • Allie 2012/04/11 15:19:21
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    Allie
    +1
    haha i believe they are
  • KoAm 2012/04/11 15:18:17
    LOL!!!
    KoAm
    +3
    I can't really judge whether people in general are less intelligent ... just based on the comments of six people.
  • Assassi... KoAm 2012/04/11 16:12:47
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +1
    That was one example of many unintelligent people.
  • Assassi... KoAm 2012/04/11 16:13:08
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +1
    You cannot possible expect me to put every stupid remark I have seen up?
  • Daryl 2012/04/11 15:16:50
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    Daryl
    +3
    We are becoming less intelligent because there is a decreased social pressure in the US to engage in critical thinking.
  • cellophane Daryl 2012/04/11 15:26:48
    cellophane
    +2
    While that may be true, missing out (or skimming over) some historical knowledge in favor of other more pressing knowledge is not necessarily a sign of decreasing intelligence.
  • Bali cellophane 2012/04/11 16:23:10
    Bali
    +1
    really? history always repeats itself so it may actually be of some value if you wish to avoid mistakes of the past....example obama and his agenda straight to socialism.
  • Assassi... Daryl 2012/04/11 16:13:28
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +2
    Agreed.
  • Bali Daryl 2012/04/11 16:22:00
    Bali
    +1
    the gubmint does all our thinking, we are simply subjects....have you not heard this from dear leader? c'mon art, get with the program.
  • LittleMistersMom 2012/04/11 15:00:43
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    LittleMistersMom
    +3
    When I was teaching I kept a book of questions asked to me...by my high schoolers. I lost it in the move (maybe it'll come up) but some of my favorites I remember:
    "What's a senator?"
    "What state is Vermont in?"
    "What do you mean by noun? Is that slang?"
  • socokid 2012/04/11 14:57:48
    LOL!!!
    socokid
    +4
    If they are young, haven't seen a documentary on it, not discussed in school...

    not too surprised. Not enough energy spent on inquiry these days, nor is it being taught.
  • Bozette 2012/04/11 14:45:55
    LOL!!!
    Bozette
    +9
    Knowing facts isn't a measure of a person's intelligence. I think the youth today, while being more advanced in the use of technology are not nearly as well educated in the nuts and bolts of things.
  • Get Bashed 2012/04/11 14:34:21
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    Get Bashed
    +6
    Texting alone has created many idiots who now refuse to spell anything properly!
  • Assassi... Get Bashed 2012/04/11 16:13:51
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    Yes it is terribly annoying.
  • SA 2012/04/11 14:31:29
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    SA
    +3
    Smh......that is so sad!
  • Rachel 2012/04/11 14:30:52
    LOL!!!
    Rachel
    +4
    Technology-wise, kids today are capable.

    .... just ignore spelling and grammar when you read some posts. :-D
  • strange_armour 2012/04/11 14:27:36
    Yes, Oh lord yes.
    strange_armour
    +3
    I blame texting. A good indicator of dumbness is when people use the phrase "D'you know what I mean?" at the end of EVERY f**king sentence.
  • Lunacat 2012/04/11 14:23:21
    LOL!!!
    Lunacat
    +5
    Hahahaha! That is just sad.
  • Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of ... 2012/04/11 14:21:02 (edited)
    LOL!!!
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +5
    Yes and No; many people of the past couldn't fathom many of the new technology we have today. On the flip side, many of the people today wouldn't have came up with relativity like Einstein; or do mathematical implication and destination of time/space as Katherine Johnson. She didn't need a computer and neither did Einstein.

    katherine johnson einstein
  • tweet_tweet 2012/04/11 13:56:45
    No way
    tweet_tweet
    +4
    but elementary and secondary education in the US is not what it was fifty years ago
  • cellophane tweet_t... 2012/04/11 15:29:35
    cellophane
    +2
    Education in the U.S. cannot afford to be what it was 50 years ago. Memorizing answers by rote and then regurgitating them back out for a test is not going to get kids where they need to be in this 21st century and beyond!
  • tweet_t... cellophane 2012/04/11 16:39:35
    tweet_tweet
    50 years ago, US schools didn't have fuzzy math. Students actually had to learn it. I know in some districts, they stillhave to, thankfully.
  • cellophane tweet_t... 2012/04/11 16:58:07
    cellophane
    Okay. I'm out of the loop. Fuzzy math? :))
  • tweet_t... cellophane 2012/04/11 17:01:36 (edited)
    tweet_tweet
    It's real name is reform mathematics. It doesn't emphasize learning how to calculate but emphasizes a loose understanding of mathematical concepts. It's controversial, and its critics call it fuzzy math. There's a good wiki article on it.

    Personally, I think it's really important to teach students how to do the basics first. I think trying to understand the processes without understanding the very basic fundamentals is impossible. I don't think the US will ever compare to Europe and Asia in math and science if we don't trash this idea.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • cellophane tweet_t... 2012/04/11 19:16:13
    cellophane
    +1
    MathLand, huh? I've never heard of it, but I had to laugh at the Wikipedia article on "peasant multiplication". I discovered that concept for myself years ago and have used it regularly for mental computations. But you can't use it as the only math you know - it's far too slow!

    Drilling in the basic math computations is extremely important at the young ages. Once the basic competency is there, then branching out to various methods is fine.
  • tweet_t... cellophane 2012/04/11 16:54:52
    tweet_tweet
    I think education in the past may have had it right.

    http://www.hoover.org/publica...

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