Nah - I think (no proof, just logical thought) kids are physically maturing more rapidly because of our diets, all the hormones that get added to just about anything we eat now. (rapid milk production hormone in cows, rapid reproduction hormones in chickens - for more eggs and more baby chicks for KFC to pander etc. - huge tomatos, genetically altered to increase their growth rates/ overall sizes. etc..) But yes - we are still evolving, to adapt to our environment. But I never look at it as a 'direction', more of a 'cause - effect' situation. And to say we as a race are getting dumber - is not an indication of evolution, its an indication of educational systems effectiveness. To me - society in general (religion, marketing/advertising) promotes having others do your thinking for you. In reality, science has made WAY more significant breakthroughs in the past 200 hundred years, and is still increasing rapidly. Look how long it took to go from inventing the wheell, to inventing the automobile - compared to inventing penicillian - to Chemotherapy. WAY shorter of a time frame. Actually, in some ways, I beleive the knowledge needed to function in society warrents a 20 year education system as opposed to the 12 years currently. Because of all the recently accuired knowledge that could be taught in schools but isnt because of time/money restraints, takes more time to learn - but the length of our education system has not changed. Not to mention there are those insisting to waste class time on a theory with NO evidence to support it at all, would waste precious time that could be spent on 'real' knowledge or theories that at least have some evidence to support it. So, if we are 'dumber' its because the increased available knowledge isn't being ALL being taught. So I beleive its more of a matter of what was taught in the limited time frame in school, not what were capable of learning. Not that were dumber - just not as smart as we could be with all the available knowledge avaiable these days.