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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby IanMoran on Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:48 pm

MRandall25 wrote:
King Sid the Great 87 wrote:You must be a college student if you think knowing things like the capital of Canada provides a proxy for knowledge of the world.

Don't worry, everyone who has been to college goes through it.


I don't understand why you felt the need to get all high and mighty because you're older than I am...

Still, I feel like knowing the countries around you should be basic knowledge, considering an alarmingly high number (read: more than 0) of Americans can't even place well-known American cities on a map.

Someone can know a great deal about Canada's culture, cities, foreign policy, places to go, etc... and not know the rote memorization of WHAT'S THE CAPITAL
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby Gaucho on Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:54 pm

pfim wrote:Put me in the "it's something you should know, but who cares?" column.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby Kaizer on Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:39 pm

the only capitals i need to know are U, S, and A
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby Orlando Penguin on Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:02 am

Wait, it's not Montreal? All those Canadiens fans are wrong? (cuz, ya know, they think the world revolves around them) :slug:
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby PghSkins on Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:55 am

Kingston, Ontario

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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby ulf on Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:26 am

Wait Belize is on our continent?
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby pfim on Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:50 am

ulf wrote:Wait Belize is on our continent?


Yup
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby ulf on Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:29 pm

/sarcasm
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby count2infinity on Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:31 pm

I can't Belize that...

Spoiler:
ugh...I'll see my way out now.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby bhaw on Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:36 pm

At first I was surprised because it came so easily to me, but then I realized I know mainly due to hockey.

If you want to pass criticism, I wouldn't at the kids who said Vancouver or Toronto or even Quebec. I guess I did find it surprising that they named provinces like Alberta and Ontario. That's just looking at a map at some point in 18-19 years.

But even then, I don't care. I visited Duke when I was looking at schools. Really smart kids but I wouldn't trust any of them outside of a classroom or controlled environment. Nothing wrong with it. They're still super smart... just in what it is that they excel at.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby Idoit40fans on Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:41 pm

MRandall25 wrote:You should still have a general idea of the world and what it's like.

I understand not knowing the capital of Kazakhstan or something (it's Astana), but you should probably know Canada's capital.

You should onow the capitals of all 50 states first. Canada isnt important. Not even as important as Montana.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby ExPatriatePen on Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:47 pm

Idoit40fans wrote:
MRandall25 wrote:You should still have a general idea of the world and what it's like.

I understand not knowing the capital of Kazakhstan or something (it's Astana), but you should probably know Canada's capital.

You should onow the capitals of all 50 states first. Canada isnt important. Not even as important as Montana.

Not knowing the capital of a country you share a common border with is a uniquely American attribute.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:10 pm

Acapulco right?
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby ExPatriatePen on Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:50 pm

Sam's Drunk Dog wrote:Acapulco right?

Nope, Mexicali.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby canaan on Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:29 pm

This topic reeks of "the smarter people than me are dumb lol"
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby TheHammer24 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:01 pm

Idoit40fans wrote:
MRandall25 wrote:You should still have a general idea of the world and what it's like.

I understand not knowing the capital of Kazakhstan or something (it's Astana), but you should probably know Canada's capital.

You should onow the capitals of all 50 states first. Canada isnt important. Not even as important as Montana.

Neither is important when everyone has an encyclopedia in their pocket.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby canaan on Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:36 pm

What does it matter if a kid knows or doesn't know the capital of Pennsylvania...honestly? What changes?
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby Idoit40fans on Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:45 pm

TheHammer24 wrote:
Idoit40fans wrote:
MRandall25 wrote:You should still have a general idea of the world and what it's like.

I understand not knowing the capital of Kazakhstan or something (it's Astana), but you should probably know Canada's capital.

You should onow the capitals of all 50 states first. Canada isnt important. Not even as important as Montana.

Neither is important when everyone has an encyclopedia in their pocket.

Exactly. Im not sure why this matters, my point was mostly that canada is not important.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby count2infinity on Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:46 pm

canaan wrote:What does it matter if a kid knows or doesn't know the capital of Pennsylvania...honestly? What changes?


I heard that for every Harvard student that doesn't know the capital of Canada, Rob Ford smokes more crack.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby Idoit40fans on Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:48 pm

count2infinity wrote:
canaan wrote:What does it matter if a kid knows or doesn't know the capital of Pennsylvania...honestly? What changes?


I heard that for every Harvard student that doesn't know the capital of Canada, Rob Ford smokes more crack.

Also for every harvard student that does know.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby canaan on Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:49 pm

Weird. I heard that an orphaned child will be sheltered for every Monmouth student that can correctly identify where Montpelier is
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby DropEmJayBird on Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:54 pm

eh, in about 20 years, most of these people will be politicians, telling us they know better than us old farts (in 20 years) about what we need. So for now.... I will enjoy their ignorance and mock away.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby Tomas on Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:16 pm

After reading through this thread, I don't know what's worse - that there are US college students (any students, forget Harvard) who don't know the capital of one of the 2(!!!) neighboring countries, or that there are posters who imply that it is not a big deal (kudos to EPP for heroically standing up for the side of basic education).

Truth is that my bewilderment with US educational ignorance grew near its tipping point today, when I watched the University of Minnesota School of Music production of the quintessential Czech opera "Bartered Bride" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bartered_Bride) - a comic opera set in 1860's Czech village. OK, so the director wanted to set it in the more contemporary settings - fine with me. But the result was:

- the whole opera was played under a 20ft statue of V.I. Lenin, constantly guarded by two Russian-like policemen with giant red stars on their hats.
- the father of the main heroine was dressed in something that resembled 1900's Pittsburgh steelworker crossed with Chinese worker uniform. The rest of the cast had clothing that could go - depending on the cast member - anywhere from 1900s to 1990s (the main hero in a typical 1980's red shirt, wide jacket, and beige wide slacks).
- monetary transactions are carried in Deutsche Marks (???!!!! :twisted: )
- next to the Lenin statue was a pub owned by a guy with the most stereotypical French mustache you can imagine.
- and, at the end of the opera, there is a guy who is supposed to gets tricked by circus folks into dressing like a bear. He did dress like a bear - with a face of Soviet tyrant Leonid Brezhniev...

After the play, I chatted with one of the main singer, who seriously asked me if Lenin statues were in every town or just the larger cities. When I mentioned that Lenin statues were pretty much nowhere, plus the Czech currency has never been a DM, he started contemplating that David (the director) probably saw Russians wanting US Dollars, and decided to draw a parallel. And around us, all the theater lovers were nodding about "how great genius David is"... :)

Ultimately, I felt like I entered a Time Macheen today :D:



Edit: Actually, maybe Canada does deserve to be forgotten and marginalized - because guess where David, the genius director, is from? :D :D
https://music.umn.edu/people/faculty-st ... D=walsh057
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby BigMcK on Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:41 pm

To fully appreciate entitlement and all that it offers, I am waiting for someone else to look this up and post the answer here.

Sounds like too much work right now.
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Re: Harvard students fail - Which city is Canada's capital?

Postby ExPatriatePen on Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:58 pm

Tomas wrote:(kudos to EPP for heroically standing up for the side of basic education).

Thanks twice in the last 24 hours that I've gotten credit for saying something of note on LGP.

The world must be coming to an end.

The Myans were right, they just miscounted by a year.
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