Originally posted by Sleuth
It's heartbreaking to realize where our country is heading.
An excellent thread and yes, where is the U.S. heading? Well, I should say 'world' instead.
Take for example the extempore street general knowledge ‘test’ by Leno in one of his ‘The Tonight Show’ episodes. Some of the questions he
asked were plain simple that EVERYONE from grade 3 should have known. But here were college grads and adults who answered sometimes with giggles but
most of the time with utter bewilderment, confusion and incomprehension!! What were the questions? Examples in general knowledge were:
> Who was Abraham Lincoln? (Rolls eyes in bewilderment and then...'I've heard of him').
> Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? ('Hmmm…')
> Who was the first president of the United States? ('Was it…ah Roosevelt? Err no. Eisenhower?')
> When did WWII end? (Gives blank look. And then giggles sheepishly). This question was asked by Leno to a school teacher!!
> Where is the United Nations Headquartered? ('Hmmmm……In Europe?').
> How far is the Moon from here? (Shakes head and then blurts out, 'Pretty far'!!.....laughs and turns away).
Now these are just some of the questions asked. Just goes to show where education is headed. No wonder parents are outsourcing their children’s
education, turning to countries like India for on-line tuitions!!
Yes. Education per se in the States is going down the rabbit hole! And as sizzle says, we sure are being Dumbed down!
[edit on 4-4-2008 by mikesingh]