Agree with y'all. It is due to the dumbing down of schools. And that is due to the misunderstanding of "equal opportunity" to mean "equal result". As long as we believe that any unequal outcome is our fault, we will continue to decline until the lowest common denominator is finally achieved.\n\nWhen quotas are involved, opportunity is NOT equal for all. \n\nI went to see a friend at his upholstery shop and a customer came in to pick up the canvas for his boat. As it turned out, he had been my friends' son's high school Chemistry teacher. He retired after last year, mainly because of the way they were required to teach and the restrictions on other aspects. No homework, no tests, no diagramming chemical reactions in the traditional way and when testing on the subject at the end of the semesters, the students were allowed to express the answer in any way they felt appropriate (I originally typed 'think', but that's obviously not the case). They could dance, sing, make a sculpture, write a poem about the answer or whatever. WTF?????????????\n\nIf this is common, this country is screwed.\n\nI went to a Chinese restaurant for take out and a couple came in a few minutes before a 20-something guy. As they talked, I noticed that he would take a good amount of time to answer every question, always beginning with "I feel". Every.Freaking.Answer! I wanted to ask if he ever thinks, but that would have made him sad.