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Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

- December 8, 2008

According to this Washington Post op-ed, those of us born in the early 1960s are members of the Dumbest Generation:

The SAT reached its all-time high in 1963, when it tested the 1946 birth cohort (including such notables as Gilda Radner and Oliver Stone). Then it fell steeply for 17 straight years, hitting its all-time low in 1980, when it tested the 1963 cohort (Mike Myers, Quentin Tarantino [and Phil Klinkner]). Ever since, the SAT has been gradually if haltingly on the rise, paralleling improvements in the NAEP.

The reason:

Compared with earlier- or later-born students at the same age, these kids were assigned less homework, watched more TV and took more drugs.

Oops, gotta run. “Dazed and Confused” is on TV.

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