By Mark Lichtenstein on March 09, 2018
If you've been away from school for a while, things have changed! High school juniors and seniors are learning college content and are urged to take AP courses to earn AP credit before they leave home. This scholarly pursuit has created a trickle-down effect that is working through all the grade levels.
In addition, moving from the bottom up there have been changes as well. For instance, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 requires assessments of children in public schools. That means kindergartners are expected to be able to read, write, and do simple math before being allowed to move to the first grade. And if that's not enough, technology has entered the classroom in a big way. It's more likely today you would see whiteboards or even iPads instead of neat rows of desks facing the chalkboard.
If you think the educational system has gone too far, that's not true. The most recent cross-national test, the Programme for International Student Assessment, placed the U.S. an unimpressive 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. And this is with elementary school students learning proper grammar, key concepts in science, the capitals of China, Afghanistan and India and more.
Many students even know the coefficient of restitution and the number of degrees of tilt of the Earth's axis. But you'll do better than a second-grader on this quiz, right? There's only one way to find out. Start the quiz now.