Are You Smarter than Your Fifth Grader? A new Fox show will see if adults can answer questions taken from fifth-grade textbooks.
Essential Blog pans the idea.
The amount of information and discoveries made in the past fifty years has been astronomical when compared with what our parents grew up with, and even with current fifth graders, more and more is being introduced by the second, so it can only be expected that they would have to know more at a younger age to have even the same level of academic proficiency (when compared with the modern world) as their parents did/do.
The Quick and the Ed calls it a sweet idea.
I don’t think today’s fifth graders know that much more than the fifth graders of yesteryear. Do they know the three principal products of every province in Canada and every country in Latin America? I doubt it. OK, we knew virtually no science in fifth grade, except for the duck-billed platypus. But science remains a hit-or-miss affair in many elementary schools.
Update: Photon Courier takes on the “temporal bigotry” which assumes we know more than previous generations. Stuart Buck’s grandfather knew enough to run a farm, repair machinery, deliver a neighbor’s child and manage a butcher shop. Scientists today know more than scientists of yesteryear. But most fifth graders — and adults — don’t understand the scientific advances of the last 25 years.