Originally Posted by Galian Beast
You're not really paying attention. Take global standings for instance. Let me give you another scenario:
Imagine you can run the 100 meter dash in 10 seconds. And you're the fastest person in your school. Thus you are ranked #1. If 3 kids switch to your school, and they can run the 100 meter dash in 9 seconds, and all of a sudden you're ranked #4 have you done something to become slower?
Not to mention that the SATS aren't taking globally, so it's clearly not a global indicator.
As for SAT scores being down, rather than assuming your conclusion is correct without providing evidence to back it up, you could investigate the cause of lower scores that has data backing it up.
I haven't come to a conclusion myself, because doing so would be presumptuous.
Well, I assume this is still in context to the younger generation of today and their work ethics etc?
In the example you give above for Track and Field, I'm going to be happy as pie and not worry about the three faster kids who just moved into the district. In fact, I'm going to make sure they have everything they need and then some. I'm going to work even harder then I did before and I'm going to push these guys as far as I can. Why? Because I've just lucked into a state championship in the 4x4 and it's possible that if I work just a little harder, I might be able to break into the top three and maybe even win the 100 with a bit more hard work.
Seems simple once you really look at it objectively, does it not?