finalheaven wrote:You're taking what I said out of context. I don't expect every American to know the answer, but I expect more than 30% of Americans to get that answer right. It just goes to show that our education system does us no good when it comes to teaching us how to retain information; all we're taught to do is memorize information and spit it back out.
No, I am not saying that we are "less" than other citizens in other countries; I just think that with our resources and abilities, we should be smarter than we are. This is not advanced mathematics; this is a simple problem that anyone should know if they think about it. I'm not saying people will get it right away, but more than 30% should be able to get it right. I don't know why you thought I was saying we're "less" than other people; intelligence wise, yes, Americans are subpar because of how we're taught. Not all of us, just the general majority. If our teachers were taught how to teach us better, then we wouldn't even be having this conversation. It's no one's fault but ours when it comes to learning; anyone can learn anything. We just choose not to, more times than not.
OK, I pretty much agree with everything you just wrote, but that's a far cry from this post:
finalheaven wrote:I just hate how our country sees itself as a superpower when we don't even know how to do basic algebra.
I think in general we'd all agree that we're not as smart as we could be in this country, the education system is drastically flawed and a large segment of the population doesn't have the sense it takes to come in from out in the rain.
On the other hand, and it’s important to remember this, there is a significant portion of the American population that is remarkably intelligent. I would tend to point towards those people as more indicative of the country, not to those who can’t do this math problem.
So we’re cool. Just don’t bash my country.