Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Study: British Children Are Incredibly Stupid

Hell of a coach, that HitlerA study of 2000 British children aged 9-15 revealed that more than one in 20 "thought Hitler managed Germany's football team rather than the leader of the fascist Nazi Party" while "one in six children believed Auschwitz was a World War Two theme park."

This may seem unlikely, but it becomes somewhat more plausible when you read the results of another survey indicating that "more than half of children aged between four and 12 struggled to recognise a crocodile while 44 per cent were unable to identify a leopard. Many children also had difficulty recognising gorillas and chimpanzees while others could not tell the difference between a male and female lion." Now, to be sure, both of those studies were conducted by interested parties (the animal study was, in fact, put together by a videogame company pushing a new zoo-themed title), but it probably does say something about the state of education in Britain, particularly when you consider that pretty much every British child can tell you the brand, type of blade, and potential for grievous bodily harm of every knife on that island.

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dado (#102)

What a thicket of guttersnipes and dandyprats.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I have a sneaking suspicion these children were, as they might put it, "taking the piss."

Pop Socket (#187)

My working theory on any survey 'proving' people are idiots is that the survey takers are having their leg pulled. This also applies to people appearing on Jay-Walking segments. Nobody is really that stupid. I hope.

KarenUhOh (#19)

In keeping with a theme of the afternoon, Freddie Mercury is their favorite Queen.

mathnet (#27)

A beginning-of-time study revealed that more than one in 20 British children aged 9-15 smartass it when they take multiple-choice surveys.

beingiseasy (#1,735)

they've been hanging out with their lecherous older sisters in Cardiff too often

dado (#102)

80% of British children surveyed thought that Roe vs. Wade pertained to crossing the Thames.

Slava (#216)

A funny!

slinkimalinki (#182)

as they should, seeing as roe vs. wade has no relevance to england. /pedantry.

The important thing is that this post linked me to Thandie Newton's yoga tips. She looks fantastic!


HiredGoons (#603)

As the employee of a British adult, I can attest this trend continues into adulthood.

jfruh (#713)

One remembers this relevant exchange from A Hard Day's Night:

Old dude: I fought the war for your sort!
Ringo: I bet you're sorry you won.

sxs (#2,143)

Alternatively, approximately 18 tons of American children have been told by their parents that Hitler is the current president.

HiredGoons (#603)

what's that like, fourteen… fifteen American children.

GiovanniGF (#224)

nice one.

Bittersweet (#765)

And another 180 tons were told that Hitler was the last president. We've gotta keep them updated, you know.

Neopythia (#353)

I move that all BRITAIN tags be replaced with KNIFE-FIGHT ISLAND.

sigerson (#179)


kneetoe (#1,881)

Wait, how many guessed alligator and jaguar? And most American adults can't tell a chimp from a gorilla and think both are monkeys. I think the fix is in.

LondonLee (#922)

Americans are still stupider. Harumph.

HiredGoons (#603)

I think we're just more aggressively confrontational about it.

Four and five year-olds couldn't identify a leopard or distinguish between the genders of another large cat native to Africa? Um, for shame?

And are we assuming that if they said "monkey" for gorilla or chimpanzee, they were considered to get it wrong?

nhaqueoi (#2,146)

Take this kind of info with a pinch of salt. Kids asked what is the symbol of rememberance day and given choice of poppy or MacDonalds arches? Come on, do you really think they are that daft? Look at the source of the article — Daily Mail, the home of reactionary middle england, using bad data to pander to popular misconceptions and prejudices that young people today need a good dose a corporal punishment, a clip around the ear and a couple of years in the army doing national service.

LondonLee (#922)

Never did me any harm.

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