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US adults are dumber than the average human
New York Post ^ | 10/08/13 | Associated Press

Posted on 10/08/2013 4:11:22 PM PDT by SES1066

WASHINGTON — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Society
KEYWORDS: arth; dumb; dumber; education; gmo; international; jaywalking; knowledge; monsanto; msmlies; oecd
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Bou are we dumb BUT WHERE IS THE TEST?!?! Personally, I'd like to see this test that proves our VOTING POPULATION is so dumb, but still I'd like to see that test.

One question, did they test the Nobel Peace Prize committee of 2009?

1 posted on 10/08/2013 4:11:22 PM PDT by SES1066
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To: SES1066

We know that 52% of Americans are dumber than the average fencepost. They really drag the average down.


2 posted on 10/08/2013 4:13:35 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SES1066

and this is surprising......?


3 posted on 10/08/2013 4:13:47 PM PDT by Tyrannis (Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted)
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To: SES1066
Separate "minority" violent crime stats from the rest of the US population, and the US is as peaceful as Sweden.

Separate "minority" IQ stats from the rest of the US population and...

4 posted on 10/08/2013 4:13:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: SES1066
America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.

Well DUH!

Dumb kids eventually turn into dumb adults.

5 posted on 10/08/2013 4:15:46 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (The "government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: SES1066

The teacher’s unions are just doing their jobs.


6 posted on 10/08/2013 4:15:54 PM PDT by jps098
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To: SES1066
Here's one on the left


7 posted on 10/08/2013 4:16:32 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: SES1066

Take out Obamadork voters and recompute please.


8 posted on 10/08/2013 4:17:04 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

9 posted on 10/08/2013 4:17:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: SES1066

When our immigration policy is to accept low life from all over the world, what would we expect to happen...


10 posted on 10/08/2013 4:18:46 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: SES1066
WHERE IS THE TEST?!?!

Presidential elections in 2008 & 2012?
11 posted on 10/08/2013 4:20:19 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SES1066

I am a college educator and find that incoming freshmen almost totally lacking basic math skills, read and write poorly and are utterly devoid of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I place blame squarely on the educational establishment and teachers unions. Students are not challenged to learn and are being fed politically correct pap and feel good self esteem rather than being taught the skills they need to survive in a globally competitive world.


12 posted on 10/08/2013 4:21:10 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: SES1066

They were also testing only in the top 15% or so of countries for economic development.


13 posted on 10/08/2013 4:21:32 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Nailed it.


14 posted on 10/08/2013 4:22:01 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: SES1066
We do have a undersmart class in our society and it is easy to see how they vote.
15 posted on 10/08/2013 4:22:05 PM PDT by ANGGAPO (Layte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: SES1066
Personally, I'd like to see this test that proves our VOTING POPULATION is so dumb

Take a look at the occupiers of the White House.

16 posted on 10/08/2013 4:22:42 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: The Great RJ

I assume you’ve read closing of the American mind.


17 posted on 10/08/2013 4:24:19 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SES1066

In 1970, the NEA went from a national education association whose charter was to discover and share the best ways to teach children, to a labor union whose charter was to discover and share the best ways to bilk the taxpayers out of maximum pay and benefits for its members.

Anyone who was fortunate enough to be educated prior to 1970 managed to escape the legacy of ignorance and mediocrity.


18 posted on 10/08/2013 4:24:20 PM PDT by MNnice
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To: SES1066

This is not a surprise. I, personally, feel a great deal more stupid than I did in January 2009. Many on FR that I call FRiends would agree, I’ve actually lost IQ points.


19 posted on 10/08/2013 4:25:24 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: SES1066

Well, the best of the best of the US public education system has been hard at work for several decades now. Which means in theory this should not even be considered news AT ALL.


20 posted on 10/08/2013 4:29:40 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: SES1066

Does the sample include the vast numbers of illiterate persons who cannot even read the test?


21 posted on 10/08/2013 4:30:02 PM PDT by matt1234 (The NRA: Redefining "Too big to fail.")
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To: SES1066

I’ll take the tact you took and ask why anyone would believe the Associated Press commonly known as AP, one of the blame America first crowd.


22 posted on 10/08/2013 4:30:37 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: SES1066

23 posted on 10/08/2013 4:30:44 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: SES1066

We need more money for the chirrrrdren.


24 posted on 10/08/2013 4:30:53 PM PDT by DManA (.)
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To: SES1066

Here is your one question test: Does you thank that Obama is doin the great job as President of all 57 states?


25 posted on 10/08/2013 4:32:09 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: SES1066

By race
By cultural group

We are a mishmash.

Most others are not.


26 posted on 10/08/2013 4:33:19 PM PDT by Chickensoup (...We didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: SES1066; newgeezer

Homeschooling is illegal in every other country in the “survey”.


27 posted on 10/08/2013 4:36:16 PM PDT by DungeonMaster
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To: SES1066
"problem solving using technology....." So if I don't know which buttons to push on a laptop or a Iphone I am "dumb" Some kids I've run into can't tell what time it is unless they are looking at a digital clock.
28 posted on 10/08/2013 4:37:25 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (Hey Barry...close this!)
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To: SES1066

The intelligent are using contraception while the stupid are multiplying like rabbits.


29 posted on 10/08/2013 4:37:28 PM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: The Great RJ

Public schools are child abuse.


30 posted on 10/08/2013 4:38:52 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SES1066; All

US adults are not genetically dumb. This issue is really about the corrupt federal government taking over public schools using constitutionally nonexistant federal government powers, for the purpose of producing low-information voters.

Low information voters then vote for Democrats and RINOs who promise such voters constitutionally indefensible federal welfare.


31 posted on 10/08/2013 4:39:27 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: freedom462

Ferst you dumby dem down.
Den you tellem: komunist good, free everything
Don beleeve? Free Gulag for you!


32 posted on 10/08/2013 4:39:35 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepeesssssed)
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To: SES1066

The ones who voted for 0bama are the dumb ones.


33 posted on 10/08/2013 4:49:11 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: The Great RJ

I agree with everything you said, but I also blame the fact that kids don’t read anymore. I hear them say, “I don’t read”, as though it’s something to be proud of. How can anyone have language skills when they never see the language being used correctly?

The parents shoulder that blame, IMO. My parents read to me all the time....love of reading needs to be ingrained in a child.


34 posted on 10/08/2013 4:51:09 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: SES1066

Explains how Obama got elected.


35 posted on 10/08/2013 4:53:55 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Paine in the Neck

Oh come on! Wolf can make up his own facts! He don’t need no stinking knowledge!


36 posted on 10/08/2013 4:54:36 PM PDT by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: The Great RJ
I am a college educator and find that incoming freshmen almost totally lacking basic math skills, read and write poorly and are utterly devoid of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I place blame squarely on the educational establishment and teachers unions. Students are not challenged to learn and are being fed politically correct pap and feel good self esteem rather than being taught the skills they need to survive in a globally competitive world.

I could have written the exact same paragraph. Public schools seem to be a simple babysitting service rather than an education.

37 posted on 10/08/2013 4:55:20 PM PDT by FXRP
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To: Bryanw92

Americans HAVE to be the dumbest people in the world.

They have the greatest chance for personal freedom because of the Constitution and they elect Obama.


38 posted on 10/08/2013 4:56:04 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I don't say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: SES1066

Two thirds of Americans are mostly ignorant and some downright insane. Nothing new here.


39 posted on 10/08/2013 4:57:24 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: SES1066

The proof is sitting in the oval office.


40 posted on 10/08/2013 5:00:20 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: 353FMG

>>Americans HAVE to be the dumbest people in the world.

Well, in the defense of Americans, most of those who voted for Obama are only partial (hyphenated) Americans. In most of their cases, they are only American when they want a handout.


41 posted on 10/08/2013 5:05:18 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SES1066
Not only did Americans score poorly compared to many international competitors, the findings reinforced just how large the gap is between the nation’s high- and low-skilled workers and how hard it is to move ahead when your parents haven’t.

I blame the poverty culture for much of that. Plenty of kids, especially minority, are taught *not* to seek success. They're filled with propaganda meant to keep them in the lower class. These defeatist ideas permeate the poverty culture from all sides, making escaping that culture and mindset extremely difficult.

The United States will have a tough time catching up because money at the state and local level, a major source of education funding, has been slashed in recent years, said Jacob Kirkegaard, an economist with the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Education performance has little correlation to money spent. Schools do not need to have the latest in computers in most classes, nor do they need huge money wasting bureaucracies. In fact, in many basic skills classes, I would say that computers hinder education. For instance, how is a kid supposed to learn how to set up and solve math problems on a computer?

42 posted on 10/08/2013 5:08:09 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Bryanw92

Then let me correct myself — Americans HAVE to be the dumbest people in the world for allowing these hyphenated Americans into the country.


43 posted on 10/08/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I don't say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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>>Then let me correct myself — Americans HAVE to be the dumbest people in the world for allowing these hyphenated Americans into the country.

OK. I can agree with that. When the first person tried to hyphenate American, the rest of society should have put his butt on a boat back to wherever he came from. By definition, you can’t be an American AND something else because we are already FROM everywhere else.


44 posted on 10/08/2013 5:15:21 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Da Coyote

NOT Obama’s fault.

He is a symptom of a problem that has been brewing for 45 years.


45 posted on 10/08/2013 5:34:06 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: exDemMom

If a miracle took place tomorrow and schools went back to the techniques and discipline of 40 years ago, the damage that has been done will not be fixed for 40 years, and by then the rest of the world will have moved on. Yes, it’s that bad.


46 posted on 10/08/2013 5:36:25 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: SES1066
US adults are dumber than the average human

President obama

Case closed.

47 posted on 10/08/2013 5:49:43 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 4yearlurker
Some kids I've run into can't tell what time it is unless they are looking at a digital clock.

Digital clocks make the terms "clockwise" and "counter-clockwise" meaningless.

Also, I'm sure these same kids have no idea how to count change.

48 posted on 10/08/2013 5:51:26 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: SES1066
Haven't found the test yet, but...

Report

49 posted on 10/08/2013 5:55:30 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: SES1066

A hearty, big Thank You to the NEA and everyone of it’s members and leadership for this accomplishment. I have to admit that when you set out to ruin education in thus country, you performed excellently. You have dumbed down our children to the point being able to read your diploma is no longer required to graduate. Well done you scum sucking, worthless excuses of humanity. May you enjoy your fat pensions and exempted Cadillac healthcare. I am getting my pitchfork and torch ready now that I’ve got the tar and feathers setup. Sleep well. Your slave masters from the Communist and Socialist parties are brimming with pride and your nonresistance and even vigorous support if God being banned in school, prayer being banned in school, not requiring nor explaining the Pledge of Allegiance, promoting rampant sexual promiscuity with your immoral sex education instead if abstinence, your diversity and multicultural teaching that any white person should be blamed for every problem know to man, and your willing blind allegiance to anyone who hates capitalism. Yes. Your masters and leaders are well pleased. Sleep well.


50 posted on 10/08/2013 6:04:59 PM PDT by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
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