> As it happens, this particular topic has been rather well researched. Mike
> is exaggerating a bit, but it is certainly true that in the first half of
> the 20th century American high schools taught many subjects that are now
> considered advanced college fare. My favorite example is the fact that the
> material colleges now cover in three semesters of calculus used to be
> in high school as a matter of course. Much the same thing has happened in
> all of the sciences, not to mention literature and foreign languages.
> Now, obviously that doesn't mean that every citizen of the day was
> proficient in all of these skills. It does, however, make it clear just
> far our current system's standards have declined.
Well, maybe most people didn't actually understand all that calculus in high
school. Perhaps its harder than once thought, and so has ended up in uni?
(I'm assuming College is Uni; we do things differently down here).
(Isn't calculus that guy from Tintin comics?)
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