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2. Performance against each decade showed a remarkably steady step-wise progression, with the average
scored for the 1960s questions being 15%, rising to 35% for the current 2000s decade
There is strong evidence from diagnostic tests of a steady decline over the past decade of fluency in basic mathematical skills and of the level of mathematical preparation of students accepted onto degree courses. Possible reasons for this include:
• changes in GCSE and A Level syllabuses and structures;
• greatly reduced numbers taking A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics;
• changes in the teaching force and in society;
• lack of practice and poor study skills
Originally posted by LUXUS
reply to post by Consequence
Hope your not insinuating that I'm one of those too lazy to study considering if you stacked every book I have ever read it would probably reach the send story of a house. I spend all my spare time reading and learning, if anything I could be accused of the reverse
I would also like to point out that we are not living in a time where we can afford the masses to become trivial minded. We now face some of the biggest challenge that humans have ever faced in terms of environment, energy etcedit on 6-9-2012 by LUXUS because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by LUXUS
reply to post by theghoster
Firstly I would say the primary objective of the human is survival and shutting off from the world to the point where you are walking out in front of traffic completely unaware is hardly a survival mechanism. Actually I bet the number of people getting knocked down whilst crossing the road has increased massively based on my observations whilst driving around town.
Secondly the two are linked since they are both related to the functioning of the mind and thus mental.
Originally posted by Sergeant Stiletto
I wonder though is our basic knowledge or education better than it was in previous generations? Functionally speaking? Sure, in specific subjects or curriculum it's inferior but does the average person know more than before? Or do more of us in general know slightly less than the educated few of yester-year?
We no longer have to eek out an existence from the land and so much of everything else is automated. But a citizen of Rome might think a Smart Phone was magic whereas a modern person at least understands the basic concepts.
Can the basic, functional knowledge or intelligence of the collective be compared to previous generations?
Well, let's look at this from the evolutionary viewpoint, and what it's failed to get across in the education system.
Originally posted by LUXUSit opened up the possibility in my mind that "modern" humans may not be the cream of the crop that we generally think or are told we are
Humans (Homo sapiens) are primates of the family Hominidae, and the only living species of the genus Homo. They originated in Africa, where they reached anatomical modernity about 200,000 years ago and began to exhibit full behavioral modernity around 50,000 years ago.