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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Are You Smarter Than A 5-Year Old Chimp?

Apparently a 5-year old chimp is smarter than Japanese college students. Okay, don't believe me?

Now I'm really confused...
  • Kids from Japan outscore USA kids in math and science year in and year out.
  • A chimp outscores kids from Japan.
  • Chimps must therefore outscore USA kids.
Perhaps we should train the chimp to take a standardized test to determine his/her percentile. That's what we do to our kids, right? In the best scenario, our kids would outscore the chimp, and we could validate our approach to education. On the other hand, if the chimp outscores our students, we would be able to learn a better way of teaching to the test from the chimp trainer. Either way, our kids are the winners...right?

[insert smile here]

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