Children outclass parents in general knowledge
Parents' grasp of general knowledge is scarcely better than that of their children, research shows today.
In some areas - including geography and science - the average child aged between eight and 12 actually outperforms most adults, it is claimed.
According to the study, more children knew the answer to the question "how many planets are there in our solar system?".
Perhaps surprisingly, more youngsters, who were no older than 12 when questioned, had a better knowledge of the planets and Earth. Seven out of 20 children knew how long a year was on Mars, against six out of 20 adults; while 28 per cent could correctly identify the number of planets, compared to 27 per cent of parents.
However, the parents knew a lot more history.
But concern over pupils' grasp of history was shown by the fact that only half of children could name Shakespeare's birthplace compared to 90 per cent of their mothers and fathers.
At the same time, parents were more likely to identify Florence Nightingale, Winston Churchill, Queen Victoria and know the number of soldiers in a Roman Legion.
So, which do think is more valuable? Knowing how long a year is on Mars or having a grasp on history? I vote for the history.
This does point out a benefit of homeschooling. Parents learn right along side their children.
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