Britain sees fewer smart kids, higher grades

Britain is “dimming down,” a new survey shows. From the Daily Mail:

The intellectual ability of the country’s cleverest youngsters has declined radically, almost certainly due to the rise of TV and computer games and over-testing in schools.

The ‘high-level thinking’ skills of 14-year-olds are now on a par with those of 12-year-olds in 1976.

However, more students are earning top grades on national exams due to “dimming down,” a researcher said.

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  1. Judge Crater says:

    ….almost certainly due to the rise of TV and computer games and over-testing in schools

    I don’t think so. How about poor curriculum and teaching methods?

    Now if UK schools did a national large scale test of Direct Instruction or Core Knowledge schools, compared them to the current failing model, and found both had “fewer smart kids, higher grades” then I would find this reasoning more credible.

    TV had been around for a while, if I recall. I find that time spent on computer games tends to replace the time watching TV. And “over-testing” sounds more like schools freaking out over being accountable.