High school kids can't answer basic questions

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25 Oct 2015, 8:35 pm

kids can't answer basic questions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2fHQ9eULzk


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This is an amusing video in a high school wryly enough about high school kids being questioned about their off the cuff knowledge of basic geography, politics and history. Among some of the less informed responses were, that Bill Clinton is the vice president, Bin Laden is the Vice President, America gained its independence in the Korean War, and that Seattle is the capital of Washington state; with the students being from Washington state, of course.



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25 Oct 2015, 8:38 pm

I loved when one kid answered "The Civil War". It is so obviously incorrect because it implies that America was already a country.


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25 Oct 2015, 8:40 pm

"Canada. That's a state, never mind."

I feel as though this might be contrived. I cannot simply believe this stupidity!


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25 Oct 2015, 8:48 pm

Widget wrote:
geography, politics and history

To be fair, I don't give a s**t about these subjects either.



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25 Oct 2015, 8:51 pm

Earthling wrote:
Widget wrote:
geography, politics and history

To be fair, I don't give a s**t about these topics either.


Some of them are simple questions. Such as,

"Name a country that starts with 'U'."

They live in the United States of America. They should know that. It's not a matter of recalling something, this is a matter of intelligence.


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25 Oct 2015, 8:58 pm

Some of the responses didn't qualify as understandable ignorance or even stupidity.. more like inane.

Like the girl saying '...America?' in response to the question of 'what are the countries that border America? reminds me of this

Esurance Sorta Marge Commercial 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CvBJAuPW2U
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25 Oct 2015, 10:50 pm

Social Studies was my worst school subject and yet I know more about it than these kids. Wake up, Americans, you're raising a nation of dunderheads.



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25 Oct 2015, 11:14 pm

Being in the presence of audio video equipment lowers people's IQs. They can probably muster up enough brain power to pass True / False or Multiple Choice tests, but in this case a lot of their mental resources are squandered on concern about how they look and sound on camera.



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26 Oct 2015, 3:44 am

Well this high school student knew the correct answers to all the questions, so it's not entirely hopeless. Then again I am not a product of the public school system.



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26 Oct 2015, 7:53 am

I feel like this is staged, or something to that extent. Like they took the worst performing school in the area, and asked the worst class in that school. A example would be like Kassem G. He goes to Venice Beach, and obviously picks people who aren't the sharpest tools out there. That's my opinion though, and it might be wrong.


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26 Oct 2015, 10:14 am

Brainfre3ze_93 wrote:
I feel like this is staged, or something to that extent. Like they took the worst performing school in the area, and asked the worst class in that school. A example would be like Kassem G. He goes to Venice Beach, and obviously picks people who aren't the sharpest tools out there. That's my opinion though, and it might be wrong.

Jay Leno did something similar in one of his re-occurring sketches where they found such people on the street.



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26 Oct 2015, 8:52 pm

Rudin wrote:
I feel as though this might be contrived. I cannot simply believe this stupidity!


Brainfre3ze_93 wrote:
I feel like this is staged, or something to that extent. Like they took the worst performing school in the area, and asked the worst class in that school. A example would be like Kassem G. He goes to Venice Beach, and obviously picks people who aren't the sharpest tools out there. That's my opinion though, and it might be wrong.


It seems less implausible if you watch 'Ridiculousness' on the regular with Rob Dyrdek, there's over 125 30 minute episodes of video after video after video of the type of people you could imagine saying stuff like this. From my personal experience at school and in daily life, I've heard acquaintances say things like, "Does the Earth revolve around the Sun" " Did WW2 happen in Europe" "Do polar bears have gills" "If the Earth is round then why don't we fall off" that thought the government has teleported pigs, that elevators at train stations can move horizontally over train tracks like a Wonkavator , etc



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27 Oct 2015, 2:22 am

I love these 'Watter's World' style videos, but sometimes they give me history/geography/political heartbreak.....


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27 Oct 2015, 7:41 am

ghoti wrote:
Brainfre3ze_93 wrote:
I feel like this is staged, or something to that extent. Like they took the worst performing school in the area, and asked the worst class in that school. A example would be like Kassem G. He goes to Venice Beach, and obviously picks people who aren't the sharpest tools out there. That's my opinion though, and it might be wrong.

Jay Leno did something similar in one of his re-occurring sketches where they found such people on the street.


Indeed he did, I believe it was called Jay-walking.


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27 Oct 2015, 11:14 am

The fact that high school kids can't answer basic questions and can't use their brains doesn't surprise me at all. What do you expect from a system that doesn't educate them to think, but rather indoctrinates them in what to think.


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