50 Years Of Teaching Math In 'Exceptional' America

Tyler Durden's picture

How America became 'exceptional'...


Source: The Burning Platform

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Of course, as we noted previously, our system of education is not entirely to blame.  The truth is that young Americans spend far more time consuming media than they do hitting the books, and what passes for “entertainment” these days is rapidly turning their brains to mush.

According to a report put out by Nielsen, this is how much time the average American spends consuming media on various devices each day…

Watching live television: 4 hours, 32 minutes

Watching time-shifted television: 30 minutes

Listening to the radio: 2 hours, 44 minutes

Using a smartphone: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Using Internet on a computer: 1 hour, 6 minutes

When you add it all up, the average American spends more than 10 hours a day plugged into some form of media.

And if you allow anyone to pump “programming” into your mind for 10 hours a day, it is going to have a dramatic impact.

In the end, I truly believe that we all greatly underestimate the influence that the mainstream media has on all of us.  We willingly plug into “the Matrix” for endless hours, but then somehow we still expect “to think for ourselves”.

There are very few of us that can say that we have not been exposed to thousands upon thousands of hours of conditioning.  And all of that garbage can make it very, very difficult to think clearly.

It is not because of a lack of input that we have become so stupid as a society.  The big problem is what we are putting into our minds.

If we continue to put garbage in, we are going to continue to get garbage out, and that is the cold, hard reality of the matter.

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HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Jan 13, 2017 4:03 AM

I grew up getting windfall logs to heat my house in the winter. And I remember cutting out sections of the classified ads. Great riff on those old ads!

BorisTheBlade's picture

Not only did you cut the logs thereby affecting squirrels habitat, but you also had to read paper classifieds thereby destroying forests in Amazon delta. And how many snowflakes did you stomp with your feet on a way from the forest to your (I should assume wooden) house. Barbarism!

Jubal Early's picture

Maths is just the tip of the mind-control iceberg.  Why would the tribe want to turn the goyim into transgender zombies?


philipat's picture

I think that this “dumbing down” of education applies equally the UK. And in both it is at all levels. “O” levels and “A” levels and even University Curricula are not what they used to be. All part of the Libtard Politically Correct Agenda where everyone must “win”, now further extended by the “safe spaces” from “micro-aggressions” for the snowflakes on campus. I fear to imagine where this will end. But my biggest fear is that whilst this is certainly in part a reflection of Liberal social values and in part as a result of Teachers Unions and cozy “Tenure” arrangements, it is more importantly a deliberate policy of the “Elites” to dumb down the sheeple. All of the above, IMHO, stands in the way of the progress of humankind.

Jubal Early's picture

Goyim = Cattle.  That is how much original thinking the tribe who wrote "protocols of the elders of zion" clearly stated the goyim would be allowed.

BTW, Philipat what ever happened to you war against that spamming biblicalinstitute self-commenter?  Did you declare victory after he stopped hiding his URL's?

philipat's picture

No I never did declare "victory' after he stopped using fake links. First, I achieved what I set out to do. Second, I'm not that kind of Guy. I did what I did in a genuine attempt to help the ZH community, although there were many who did not appreciate my efforts. So I made my humble contribution. Thanks to those who recognise it and, well never mind to those who either didn't notice it or don't care either way. IMHO, we all have to do what we can do to draw our own lines and take whatever action we can to do something. I did what i did in that context.

The spammer still uses multiple accounts and, probably, has more accounts in total than the rest of the regular ZH contributors combined. So I do have automated systems to monitor his new accounts, and he also has many old accounts lying dormant for many years which he resurrects when necessary (You see what an asshole he is?). My systems, courtesy of my IT Guys will continue to monitor his activity and I might post from time to time an updated list of his known and suspected accounts but, so long as he continues not to use fake links, my definition of Spam no longer applies.

Jubal Early's picture

Well I noticed what you were doing and I appreciate it.  However, I am also glad that ZH doesn't "ban" these people because I have had problems with prima-donna commenters calling me "troll" in the past, and I have had problems with blog hosts allowing some of my comments and simply banning others, often for the smallest political differences.  I have never had a comment banned at ZH, and I assume this is true for most others too, unless of course the comment contains some sick perversion, advocation of violence or something similar. 

beemasters's picture

Homeschooling. "Captain Fantastic" is over the top, but it's quite a though-provoking movie just the same. You can do away with jumping on deer, killing it with a knife and mountain climbing, but you get the gist. :)

Déjà view's picture

Note that there are several typesetting mistakes on the test including a mistake in the spelling list. The word "eneeavor" should be "endeavor." This version of the exam was probably a master version given out to the schools (note that the spelling words wouldn’t be written on a test.) The museum has been told that the exam was handed out in a scroll form (that is why the paper is long.) The typos would have been corrected simply by contacting the teachers and telling them to mark their copies accordingly, much like would be done today. And there might not be quite as many typos as you think; "Serbia" for example was indeed spelled "Servia" back then.


MisterMousePotato's picture

I wonder sometimes how my (our) time spent looking at ZeroHedge relates to the point in the article. Frankly, I spend a lot of time here, sometimes more than the ten hours mentioned in the article.

Am I 'consuming media'? Am I wasting time or bettering myself? Does it really matter? I could, I suppose, watch golf on TV (I'd have to get a television first). Would that be better? Worse?

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) HRH Feant Jan 13, 2017 4:23 AM


European American's picture

As a young lad, I grew up cutting, splitting, loading and unloading our old early '60's pickup with alder and fir. Drove around in our old neighbor hood knocking on doors. Charged $25 a load...stacked. That was when a dollar was worth something. (My dad never cut down a tree that had a bird nest in it...ahead of our times)

Koba the Dread's picture

How would your dad have known if there was a bird's nest in a tree. If it was summer, he could not have seen birds' nests through the foliage. If it was winter, most birds' nest would have been abandoned.

Did I ever tell you how I could lay track all day faster than a power driven track-laying machine or how my father could shoot an arrow directly through an arrow he had just previously shot.

Oh, and that walking on water thing. . .well, I'll save that for another yarn spinning session.

roddy6667's picture

You forgot the part about walking to school in deep snow and it was uphill, both ways!    :)

TheEndIsNear's picture

Here is a classified ad from this weeks local paper:

HORSESHOEING: $75 Shod, $40 Trims, 37 years experience. Call Frank, xxx-xxxx

Ignatius's picture

Today:  2 + 2 = 5

The endgame approaches.

Phil Free's picture

Beginning next week, 2 + 2 may begin to = 4 again.  The new Sec of Ed does not have a bunch of warm fuzzies for the travesty and scam that is called Common Core.

A million things need "fixing", but ya' gotta start somewhere..  and my God, that "Common Core" Has Got To Go.

Urban Redneck's picture

Even in the 1950s 'Muricans were apparently fucking retards.  How did the USSA ever get rockets into space?  Must have been those imported Nazi German scientists...

Revenue - Cost of Production does not equal Profit.  

Only in the fictitious world of ivory towers and businesses that exist only on paper are all the direct and indirect costs of a business directly tied to revenue generation (of selling goods or services).

MisterMousePotato's picture

Ever watch The Honeymooners? Ralph Kramdon was a fat idiot. How people derived entertainment from that mystifies me.

The_Dude's picture

Imagine in 40 years when robots take over a majority of moderate IQ jobs and people have no incentive to learn and every incentive to demand the state take care of them. 

tonyw's picture

it will be less than 40 years, IT is improving exponentially and compounding is difficult to appreciate for most.

Verniercaliper's picture

Might be the opposite. Used to be if you were dumb as a post you became an auto mechanic or a machinist. Today it requires considerabel intelligence to do either of those jobs, although technology has automated many of the physical tasks...The shortage today is of smart people, despite automation.

Grumbleduke's picture

young kids and adults never ever watch that much television. This may apply for the boomers, not millenials. TV is dead!

CaptOveur's picture

Back when I learned math, the span of 1950's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, & 00's was SIXTY years...

Phil Free's picture

True, but  --  technically, the clipping skipped over the 60's. Didn't mention the 60's at all, jumped from the 50's to the 70's ... they're only counting the decades they touched on, apparently.  Must have been all the acid.

Phil Free's picture

Oh. Also .... although Tyler's subject says "50 Years of Teaching Math..", that was typed by (a) Tyler.  The subject printed in the original clipping says, "Teaching Math Over 50 Years" ... and 60 years is over 50 .. so the clipping's original header is technically correct. It only became erroneous when Tyler dropped 'Over' from the Intro/Header.

Yes, I geek out on details, what can I say.

DrZipp's picture

Add 4 hours of pud pulling.  Although maybe kids these days can get off faster.

Phil Free's picture

4 hours?  Not 4 minutes?


This is what you do for 4 hours??  Must have some Popeye forearms, too.

Ghordius's picture

warning: long rambing incoming

yes. meanwhile, young (or old) Americans are incredibly bad equipped to deal with propaganda, particularly with ideological propaganda

yesterday, a long session among friends. lots of liquor and cigars

the best quip: it's all a kind of religion, as soon as individuals meet, and so form a group

I have to note that we were all either hobby (me, for starters) or professional archeologists

whenever you dig out old stuff, you have to make first a mental image of how people really lived and interacted, first. if you get that wrong, you spend a huge lot of time just moving dirt... period

and so we archeologists are also very keen on using the best and most useful rules of human behaviour out of sociology and anthropology, the studies of groups of humans

humans always form a kind of religion. they start with the burial of the dead, btw, and go on with transportation, a village being the standard building block, with common burial ground and some kind of temple, usually some 5 minutes walking distance wide. even cities are nothing else then one village next to the other, for such purposes

religion, everybody knows what it is, even atheists (though they do a lot of B/S about it). it's a matter for the soul, for grief, for group-forming, a social thing

so religion is for the soul... while usually the first defining characteristic of a group

lifestyle is the second characteristic of a group. see how much walking distance defines lifestyle, when no other transportation is available. but lifestyle is dominated by both what is possible for individuals and what the group allows or tolerates. lifestyle is about the body of both individuals and groups

so we argued that lifestyle is the kind of religion of the body

and there comes the third: ideology. some kind of ideology is always there. either heavely influenced by religion, or lifestyle, or both

ideology is the kind of religion... of the spirit. the connection between soul and body. the mental image done to reconcile groups and individuals... and Others, note

interestingly, a lack of ideology, or a faulty ideological mental landscape is exactly where most of our dear American Cousins are

you can't teach them anything about the body, or lifestyle. they export such things, first in class in individuality, for example

you can't teach them anything about the soul, or religion. they are immersed in such things. one of the first in class in group religious behaviour

but the connection among them? lost, utterly lost

and so they often can't reconcile the group with the individual. and are so utterly lost to propaganda. particularly that pernicious one that they have most, the view that everything is either pure white or pure black, pure good or pure evil

a view that is also heavely influenced but also influences back politics in a two-only party landscape

conservative is human behaviour. socialist is human behaviour. liberal is human behaviour

all three are there because they are already in all of us... in differing degrees

eventually, it might become possible to prove that we are in part born this or that way

ideology is worth studying, is worth understanding. a sentence that produces nods nearly everywhere... except in the US

propaganda is not about keeping you in the dark. quite the contrary, it's all about dazzling you with strong light. the net effect is nevertheless the same, you see less because it's so much strong light

that's why things can be "hidden in plain sunlight"

an understanding, even basic, about ideology acts like shades, like filters: you see more, you see better, you see and discern the different lights

you have to understand the basics of ideology... in order to free yourself from their influence

and then you can better reconnect the needs of the group with the needs of the individual

or more poetically, find a connection between soul and body: the spirit (of humans)

so much about basic education. end of rambling

roddy6667's picture

What is that soul thing you refer to several times?

you know they are lying because they are talking's picture

That is an interesting comment, as your opinions usually are.

I think I agree with you, however:

There is what I contend a flaw in your rational. You contend that developing societies embrace religion as a natural nutrient for the mind and soul. I agree with that.

But I contend, a society in its natural evolution can achieve a level of intellectual capacity, to explain the wonders of the world; and as such level is obtained, a society can function without religion. I also contend many societies have in fact done quite well without religion.

My second issue with your comment...and really it is more of a question; is I wonder are you yourself propagandizing for a particular religion, or just religion in general?


I am not the one that down voted you.

Ghordius's picture

among archeologists, you assume that every ancient dig site contains traces of religion. and you go very well with that assumption

another such assumption is that every human settlement forms some form of burial custom. and most archeologists contend that first humans had burial customs, and then, from them, they evolved religion

If I am propagandizing anything, then just about how to look at humans. they are both individuals and form groups

ideology is what is evolved to negotiate among the two. but it reflects what is inside us

we aren't like bears, capable of spending years alone. take any individual and put him on a desert island for a couple of years, and see what happens

your comment is interesting because you zero in on religion. I am not aware of any society that does not have any kind of religion... if you include burial customs in the definition

just reflect on what would happen if your neighbour keeps his mom stuffed as mummy on his roof. there you see how the old adage of "Custom is the true King" is true

or, alternatively, "Custom is the true High Priest". whereas in ancient settlements there was usually no difference between the High Priest and the King, or the High Priestess and the Queen

again, my perspective of all that is through archeology. and you can't dig out the future, can you?

you know they are lying because they are talking's picture

Yes, I suppose if you include burial customs you are quite correct. But, I had the impression you were saying we needed religion, on a wider scale than just burials, in our lives, to be a successful society. I disagree with that. Perhaps I misunderstood you?

I also am still curious if you feel the same about all religions? I mean if we adopted Islam here in America, are you OK with that?

I have nothing but the utmost respect for you sir.

I hope you will allow my infrequent comments, even as naive as they may seem to you.

Please, do not lash out at me, I was 'interacting', nothing more, nothing less.

BrownCoat's picture

If you replace the word 'religion' with 'ideology' then even aethists have at least one belief system. Patriotism could be considered a "civil religion."  

MisterMousePotato's picture

"[A] society ... can achieve a level of intellectual capacity ... to explain the wonders of the world ... ."

This is not a true statement. Ask Richard Dawkins.

you know they are lying because they are talking's picture

I don't need to read Richard Dawkins. I read the Constitution. I read the intent of the founding fathers when they wrote the 1st admendment. They knew full well the danger of a Theocracy.

Kefeer's picture

Know the Scripture and the Person of the Scripture and bypass all the BS above.

bloofer's picture

You are taking something very simple and making it very complex.

1. Life is a reproductive cycle, in which individuals seek to maximumize personal survival and to maximize their reproductive success.

2. The best way to maximize your chances of survival and reproductive success (for humans) is by means of cooperative group affiliations: families, extended families, communities. The ideological foundation of these affiliations is morals.(We are not going to kill each other, steal from each other, or undermine each other through quarrelsome behavior or adultery.)

3. It is good to have strong defenses against competing groups of humans, since humans are hard-wired to be predators of their own species. Moral law requires that you defend your group, which sometimes involves personal sacrifice.

4. It is good to have cooperative and mutually beneficial relations with other communities (foreigners) for trade purposes and the exchange of ideas and technologies. The ideological foundation of this is ethics. (We treat non-threatening and potentially useful foreigners hospitably and do not attempt to rob them or cheat them in business relationships.)

5. Most humans don't respond to plain old common sense, so a compelling ideology or mythology, including both supernatural rewards and punishments and a strong appeal to supernatural "mommy and daddy" emotional needs, is required. The ideology also needs to include modes of appeal to supernatural powers and means of bargaining with these powers, because this offers security in a belief that the individual and the group can control outcomes.

6. These ideologies and mythologies can work well as social "glue," but in a larger organization they are invariably used to advance the interests of elites. Even in small communities, their ideologies and mythologies can lead them far astray. (They wind up throwing virgins in volcanoes and such.)

7. The way to THINK is to understand that the ideologies and mythologies are basically made-up horseshit and condition yourself to look at things as they are (numbers 1,2,3, and 4).

8. Finally, in every human relationship you enter into, the other person or group is deeply enthralled by the activity of number 5. You have to make a continual effort to avoid being drawn into their delusional system. You need to do this out of self-interest and in the interests of your community. In the US, the dominant delusional system is that promoted by mass media. It offers no rewards in terms of your survival and successful procreation, or your community's survival and successful procreation, and is in fact directly and intentionally destructive of your prospects along those lines. Contact with media should be avoided except for the practical and purposeful uses it offers.

hooligan2009's picture

wtf has that got to do with libtards making sure kids can't count?

jplbrmo's picture

A logger pulls his pud for 4 hours. He sells his jizz to a sperm bank for 100 dollars. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. How many Anime porn sqirrels does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?.

vegas's picture

For solving this very difficult problem, which by the way is the logger gave the "$20 profit" to the Clinton Crime Family Foundation thereby exonerating himself from any and all SJW liability, I did not receive a participation ribbon from my Transgender Climate Change math teacher; I feel lonely and depressed and may require the rest of the day off in my safe space.



Grandad Grumps's picture

We come into this world connected with creation and slowly over our lives society sticks layers between us and creation, diminishing our ability to hear it and our ability to influence it.

We have the ability to disconnect and remove the layers, letting the voice if creation back into our heads and hearts, but most of do not remember why we would want to.

Kefeer's picture

Yep - the more we are connected to tech, the more we are removed from our origins.  Great stuff if you love to die in your sin.

Ital Scratch's picture

in 2010 answer is TLDR!

Zen Xenu's picture


Profit is evil, so no need to learn math. 

Your assignment: protest the government; demand they construct separate outhouses for transgender bears.

Phil Free's picture

And did the construction of the outhouses have proper permits, and were environmental impact studies done prior to the issuing of the permits?

Kefeer's picture

They determined that ostomy bags that are biodegradable were to be given to the bear.

http://www.easycaretoilet.com/waste_bag_kits  (the future mandate)

sTls7's picture

They forgot to mention the 'safe place'  for the logger and the animals and the cost of psychotherapy that the President's ACA will now cover logger and his family.