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cnredd 07-12-2013 11:15 PM

How USA General Knowledge Has Changed, 1980 – 2012
 
Jimmy Carter created the hilariously-named Department of Education..It went into effect in 1980...

Since then?...:(

How USA General Knowledge Has Changed, 1980 – 2012

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“General knowledge” is the body of facts that most people know and are assumed to know. But how general is it? How does it change over time?

A lovely little study from Kent State University has revealed how American students in 2012 performed on a comprehensive test of general knowledge that was developed in 1980. By comparing the results on each question with the original scores from college students three decades ago, the changes in knowledge were made clear.

Here’s the paper: General knowledge norms: Updated and expanded from the Nelson and Narens (1980) norms

A lot of the changes were unsurprising. Many of the questions concern 1970s pop culture and it’s to be expected that no-one know them today.

However, other results are more interesting. Knowledge of hockey has increased: out of 300 items, a question whose answer is “puck” used to be #16 from the top in terms of easiness, but now it’s #3. Likewise, migraines are much better-known now – the migraine question went up from #25 to #6, perhaps reflecting better awareness of the disease.

Curiously, knowledge that cheetahs are the fastest land animal has rocketed from #93 to #10. Maybe reflects the success of the Discovery Channel?

Some things have been forgotten, however. That Antarctica is the largest desert on Earth (it is) was #50 on the 1980 knowledge charts. Now it’s down to #249. That Franklin discovered lightning to be a form of electricity, and that Paris is the capital of France, have also slipped down the list.

The wrong answers were also quite fun. 30% of people thought Baghdad was the capital of Afghanistan (wonder why?), while 21% believed Budapest to be the capital of India (maybe they thought ‘Buddhist’?). 12% thought Mount Everest was in the Appalachians.

11% thought dynamite is called dynamite because it was invented by a Mr Dynamite, and my favourite, 7% said that the layer of fat that whales have is called “flubber”
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Cityboy 07-13-2013 10:08 AM

Re: How USA General Knowledge Has Changed, 1980 – 2012
 
Indeed - right wing talk radio has really dumbed down a huge portion of the population. That is evidenced on this forum every day. They even told them who to blame for their own ignorance.

Gotta stand in awe of the success of the propaganda machine.

MrLiberty 07-13-2013 10:10 AM

Re: How USA General Knowledge Has Changed, 1980 – 2012
 
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Originally Posted by Cityboy (Post 576760)
Indeed - right wing talk radio has really dumbed down a huge portion of the population. That is evidenced on this forum every day. They even told them who to blame for their own ignorance.

Gotta stand in awe of the success of the propaganda machine.

you forgot to bring up Bush and Limbaugh.......:rolls

Cityboy 07-13-2013 10:20 AM

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Originally Posted by MrLiberty (Post 576762)
you forgot to bring up Bush and Limbaugh.......:rolls

Case in point. :wave

Hairy Jello 07-13-2013 11:45 AM

Re: How USA General Knowledge Has Changed, 1980 – 2012
 
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Originally Posted by MrLiberty (Post 576762)
you forgot to bring up Bush and Limbaugh.......:rolls

Give it a second. Thread isn't over yet.

Mikeyy 07-13-2013 12:30 PM

Re: How USA General Knowledge Has Changed, 1980 – 2012
 
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Originally Posted by Hairy Jello (Post 576784)
Give it a second. Thread isn't over yet.

Yeah, it basically is:wave

Oftencold 07-13-2013 12:45 PM

Re: How USA General Knowledge Has Changed, 1980 – 2012
 
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Originally Posted by Cityboy (Post 576760)
Indeed - right wing talk radio has really dumbed down a huge portion of the population. That is evidenced on this forum every day. They even told them who to blame for their own ignorance.

Gotta stand in awe of the success of the propaganda machine.

Sorry, right wing talk radio hosts constantly extoll their listeners to read books, especially on history, often in actual science.

Your statement is simply ridiculous.

Cityboy 07-13-2013 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Oftencold (Post 576807)
Sorry, right wing talk radio hosts constantly extoll their listeners to read books, especially on history, often in actual science.

Yeah right - science - that's why they push for creationism to be taught in public schools.

Books? Their own books, sure. More propaganda for their sheep.

Tell me - what history book have you read recently?

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Originally Posted by Oftencold (Post 576807)
Your statement is simply ridiculous.

It's simply the truth - and you know it my propagandized friend. :wave

Oftencold 07-13-2013 12:51 PM

Re: How USA General Knowledge Has Changed, 1980 – 2012
 
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Originally Posted by Mikeyy (Post 576797)
Yeah, it basically is:wave

For you maybe. Leftist tend to have very short attention spans and poor retention of information.

Sometimes Leftists want to know just how short I think that their powers of retention are.

Well, let me answer that.

Leftist tend to have very short attention spans and poor retention of information.

Cityboy 07-13-2013 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Oftencold (Post 576811)
Leftist tend to have very short attention spans and poor retention of information.

Says a low information, easily manipulated con. :p


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