It has come to this. This article shows some math questions most American graduate university students couldn't answer. Amongst other "Gordian knots", we find pearls such as:
Students were presented with a number line, ranging from -2 to 2. When asked to roughly pinpoint the location of 0.7 and 13/8, only 21 percent of students answered correctly
Kidding, right? No, unfortunately not.
(By the way, the article starts with this cartoon, of one of my favourite cartoonists, Gary Larson - Google him and his "Far Side" up, his creations are amazing).
This is the ultimate proof that the scientific advance of a nation is done by its "intellectual elite" - but before we thought that University students were part of it. Looks not.
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