1985 was better overall
2015 is better overall
Maybe the reason why we have a bad education system in SC is because we put so many resources into vocational training. I'm not super big on vocational training, as most "vo" students never get a job in the field they train in. Who really wants an 18 year old fixing their car, or working on their plumbing? Most vo students end up getting a minimum wage job, and few of them are qualified to attend college because they spent half their high school time learning about cosmetology or small engine repair.
I was a good student, and better in college-and I did not cheat. Things couldn't be equal if you tried.
And something to consider-there has been documented cheating by teachers to raise scores for underperforming schools.
No contest... 1985 was far better than today.
Amerika circa 2015 is a cesspool of nonthinking morons who can't open a car door with a key. Technology is great, but Amerikans are far more ignorant, belligerent, superficial, phony, and rude compared to Americans 30 years ago.
At least you could have a normal conversation with an American 30 years ago... we had a fairly common heritage and culture, patriotism was much stronger, there was a much more grounded sense of morality and right vs wrong.
What we are witnessing today is a nation that is in the final stages of collapse - to be sure the cracks were evident in 1985, and even then I knew our nation's days were numbered, but at least at that time I had hope that freedom would endure for my lifetime - I no longer hold that hope. We have simply deteriorated too far, and I have enough years left to live that, barring an unnatural death, I will live to see my country collapse into chaos and tyranny.
No, 1985 vs 2015 is no contest... 1985 was a much better time to be alive.