I'm nearly 64 and could answer most of the questions. I'm going to forward Mr. Payne's article to our daughters and sons. All but one have collegedegrees ; two have advanced degrees. Our older son is a CIA graduate (he's a chef) and knows more about geopolitics and history than I'll ever know.
Obviously, given the generation gap, I expect all of them (except the chef) will know far less than I. My husband had the advantage of being able to take Latin courses in junior and senior high so his grasp of etymology is far greater than mine. As a result he is able to learn foreign languages (well Romance languages) far better than I.
Anyone remember diagramming sentences in elementary school??