Interesting read: How USA General Knowledge Has Changed, 1980 – 2012

I’m very fond of the blogposts by Neuroskeptic (not so surprisingly). This post has nothing to do with the brain, but is related to a topic that can spur quite some discussions with people involved in education (aka almost everybody): general knowledge and the possible decline.

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

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