Are you smarter than a Bangalorean fifth tenth grader?

(A brief interlude from the Noise.)

When this financial crisis passes, we can get back to worrying about the real #1 issue facing the nation, which is that Americans have absolutely no concept what is about to hit them in the next 20-50 years.

Go ahead, take the Challenge.  I tried the English (15/15 in 3 minutes) and the Math (13/15 in 20 minutes, but I think they have a bug because I am pretty sure I got them all right).  I have not attempted the rest yet because they scare me.

The associated documentary is obviously a must-see, and I have not even read a review yet.

A few nights ago, I went to a joint talk by Robert Reich and Newt Gingrich.  I may have more to say about this in the future, but briefly…  Reich talked a lot about the financial crisis and how we got here, and he was great. Newt talked a lot about where the (real) Big Picture is headed, and he was greater.  He compared the U.S. to Britain in the 1880s and to General Motors in the 1960s.  He mentioned this documentary and the Challenge on the Web site, and suggested everybody try it.  “Americans have been too rich and too fat and too lazy for too long.”

What will happen, I wonder, when America’s primacy is reduced to her military alone?

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