Gee, finally a British Conservative says something I can agree with
From the Telegraph (CHT Jimmy Akin):
Children are so cocooned by their parents that they rarely venture far from home and have little concept of space, volume and how the world actually works, David Willetts, the shadow education secretary, said yesterday.
The area in which children were allowed to range freely by their parents was a ninth of what it was a generation ago, he said. He also referred to "most worrying" research which showed children could not grasp basic maths.
Not surprising. And, I should think, no different in North America.