posted on Oct, 31 2017 @ 12:03 AM
Sorry I didn't get back to this thread earlier to clarify what I meant in the OP. The best way to explain is to give an example of a POSSIBLE
explanation, though probably not likely.
So, when I was young, adults, teachers, etc had an "air" of authority and expertise because I was young and ignorant on many things, so it didn't take
much for them to seem as if they were well educated on any subject because at the time I didn't know the depth or breadth of the subject matter so a
person with even a superficial understanding of something may seem as though they had a full grasp on the entire subject matter. Basically I didn't
know how vast or expansive some subjects are.
Now imagine if older generations only went to school until 6th grade. They didn't have biology, chemistry, physics, trig, algebra, geometry, calc,
advanced English, etc - the stuff you would study from 9-12th grade. Now the teachers who were teaching my generation, studied their specific area of
teaching (a math teacher for 9-10th grade may study algebra and geometry) but they never had the sciences, english, tech classes, shop, art, etc BUT
they knew enough to teach their one specific subject which is why when I tried to talk to them about other things (other subject matter) it was like
they were totally oblivious to the topics as if they had never studied them - OR MAYBE some of them had a little understanding but they brushed off
the conversation quickly to not show their ignorance on the topic.
So, my theory is that schooling in the past may have been different, more geared to minimalist with study in an area in which they were going to teach
or work. They didn't have use or need for a broad and deep understanding of what is being taught in the schools now. So in my theory, they could
have come out of 10th to 12th grade with a "college" education - which was very narrow.
In colleges now there are so many core classes which include history, arts, math, sciences, etc, that give a very broad education, which I think is
good in many cases but could also be a waste of time (and resources) in other cases depending upon the student and even the countries needs. I think
education would be totally different were a country to have recently gone through a devastating war, decimating population and industry - there would
be a focus on getting back into "productive" mode ASAP and the minimalist education approach would be more wise if people were needed to only work in
specialized repetitive basic level jobs (factory production & skilled trade instead of research and development in cross discipline sciences and
I guess you could say it is similar to moving the goal posts in the education level, where someone in the past could get by with much less education
and do better financially in life, and they seemed adequately smart for the "times", but now it seems there is so much more "known" (mainly in the
sciences, literature, art and history) that education just keeps growing and requirements increase with respect to what is "known". I'm sure this
happens with every generation, and there is a point when each generation notices things such as this and it makes them question the past, how it was
EXACTLY, what the standards were, etc. If the goal is for each generation to grow and be better than the last, then education would likely continue
to increase (in many aspects) and comparing an education from 1850 to 2020 would be vastly different.
The one thing I want to make clear is that I'm not saying that the past generations were dumb or ignorant in any way. I'm astounded at their
achievements especially in chemistry, astronomy, math, bio, etc, especially in the 16th and 17th century (when I see discoveries in chemistry from
those times I'm astounded at the accuracy and how they did what they did!).
As said, the feeling is difficult to explain, and I think it comes down to perspective and how things are defined by each generation. I'm sorry I
can't make it more clear but I'm a little tired of thinking about it now... Thank you to everyone who replied and I'll try to respond to the posts
in the next couple days.