Kids arent taught to learn these days. They are taught to memorize long enough to pass a test end of the week, then they dump the info basically.
ESPECIALLY with math. It is amazing how many are not taught actual math fundamentals. They are not taught that 2+2= 1+1+1+1 =4. They are taught if you see the digit 2, the sign +, the digit 2 again and an equals sign, the answer is 4.
Phonetics just the same as well. they are not taught phonetics and sounding out words anymore it seems. They are just taught that if you see a given series of letters that word is "X". I am amazed at the 20yo dudes I get coming to work with us who are utterly clueless... about just about anything other than music, movies, cars, and the interwebs.