Catherine Robertson gives Angela Orupold (middle) and Leigh Murdoch a few tips after the recent survey.
Catherine Robertson gives Angela Orupold (middle) and Leigh Murdoch a few tips after the recent survey.

Adults given lesson by children

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

ADULTS are dumber than kids, according to a re- cent survey by Benaraby Primary school students.

Four year 5/6 students worked in two teams to canvass adults at Gladstone shopping centres to find out how smart their elders were.

The bad news is that adults fared badly, worse than the kids in one set of questions, according to the students. (That was apparently established from the fact the students had recently completed those answers in class).

Nevertheless 59 per cent of adults did not know how to spell tsunami ? they fared better at what causes a tsunami (73 per cent) ? and only a third (34 per cent) knew what two-eighths of 48 was.

Those questions were in a set of five general knowledge questions asked by students Catherine Robertson and Ryan Beecroft.

In the other set, students Amy Murdoch and Tyarna Thring wanted to know if most Gladstone residents knew what was going on in their community.

Catherine and Ryan let the adults down lightly saying that 'on the day' the adults were not as smart as year 5 and 6 students, but 'they could be if they went back to school'.

Catherine said some of the people interviewed were getting old 'and maybe they forgot what they learned in school'.

For each set of questions, 230 adults were sur-veyed to deliver some surprising results.

Amy and Tyarna thought the people they inter-viewed did well with more than 50 per cent being able to answer their questions.

This group showed they knew what was going on in the community, even if it was what movie was featuring at the cinema at that time.



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