I am taking a U.S. History class this semester and there's a problem with it. 2, really. First, there's a group of four women who talk incessantly during the lectures; they don't talk about just anything, they are repeating to each other what the man just said out loud. but what happens during their chatter is that they keep missing things and he has to repeat a certain statement multiple times. but the biggest problem is the utter stupidity that lurks in this little group. Wednesday, we were discussing the Panama Canal's construction. One of the women asked the instructor, "what oceans did the canal connect?" This from a high school graduate? I dropped my head to the table in a mock facepalm. And as the instructor tried not to nail her with a witty zinger, her sidekick tried standing up for her. "Look, I got straight A's in high school history and nothing in this class makes sense." The instructor stopped the class after that and sent us home for the night. Are schools or even the colleges lowering standards these days? i just don't get it. I can understand someone having a brain fart and not recalling some things- i do it myself on obscure things- but repeatedly not knowing a damn thing about the world you inhabit scares me. ya know, i woulda handed the instructor a 20 dollar bill (for post class beers) if he had just told her "the Great Lakes." Any of you see this in your schools or colleges and worry?