The Dumbing Down Of America: "The Numbers Speak Volumes"

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Almost everyone can see that the dumbing down of America is in full effect.  A video breakdown of a Psychology Today piece from 2014 which details the anti-intellectualism most of us have already experienced in some way.

According to Signs of the Times, there has been a long tradition of anti-intellectualism in America, unlike most other Western countries. Richard Hofstadter, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his book, Anti-Intellectualism In American Life, describes how the vast underlying foundations of anti-elite, anti-reason, and anti-science have been infused into America’s political and social fabric. Mark Bauerlein, in his book, The Dumbest Generationreveals how a whole generation of youth is being dumbed down by their aversion to reading anything of substance and their addiction to digital “crap” that is composed on social media.

Joe Joseph from The Daily Sheeple breaks it down in his new video.

“You have plenty of these experts that are basically sounding the alarm,” he says.

 

“Let’s keep it simple,” he continues. “I ask everybody a very simple question. If you think about what you learned from grade K to grade 12, give yourself a percentage of how much of that you actually use in your everyday life. Out of all of that information…now think about how much of your life experience weighs in.”

Joseph then goes over the statistics that have been compiled which are evidence of Americans getting dumber by the decade. Part of that, is because of the declining quality of higher education. After leading the world for decades in 25-34-year-olds with university degrees, the U.S. is now in 12th place. The World Economic Forum ranked the U.S. at 52nd among 139 nations in the quality of its university math and science instruction in 2010.

According to the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, 68% of public school children in the U.S. do not read proficiently by the time they finish third grade. And the U.S. News & World reported that barely 50% of students are ready for college-level reading when they graduate:

We’re creating a world of dummies. Angry dummies who feel they have the right, the authority and the need not only to comment on everything, but to make sure their voice is heard above the rest, and to drag down any opposing views through personal attacks, loud repetition and confrontation. –Signs of the Times

The new elite are the angry social media posters; those who can shout loudest and more often, a clique of bullies and malcontents baying together like dogs cornering a fox.

 Rational thought is the enemy, says Bill Keller, writing in the New York Times.

Comments

AllBentOutOfShape UmbilicalMosqu… Tue, 12/19/2017 - 01:55 Permalink

It's easy to dumb-down a population when the language they speak has a vocabulary wider than the Pacific Ocean. What other languages have 12-15 synonyms for most of its words? It doesn't do your people any good if they often need a thesaurus to 'translate' words and phrases into more commonly used terms. There wouldn't be so many "dummies" in this world if everyone spoke in layman's terms, but TPTB can't have that now, can they?

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NoDebt Lost in translation Mon, 12/18/2017 - 22:57 Permalink

We spend more money per student than any other nation.  Yet we get worse outcomes.  When you see a situation like this there are only two reasons possible:1.  Corruption2.  Malicious intentIn the US we have both going on in spades.  Mostly the second actively permitting and encouraging the first.  No corruption goes on for very long without those above it allowing it for their own ends.  George Carlin was right. 

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Paul Kersey NoDebt Mon, 12/18/2017 - 23:07 Permalink

Actual Donald Trump quote: "I love the poorly educated."

Oh yes he does, and the poorly educated love him back. The more poorly educated they are, the more they love him.

The poorly educated didn't love Hillary. The well educated didn't love Hillary. Even Bill didn't love Hillary. In the end, nobody loved Hillary, although, there was a time when the Donald loved Hillary enough to shower her with campaign money and invite her to one of his weddings.

Most Americans have always hated intellectuals. "Intellectual", like "communist" was in the 1950s, is a code word for jew.

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Endgame Napoleon NoDebt Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:58 Permalink

Two former superintendents of schools told me that teaching is a “good second income for a mom, a good way for her to have the summers off for her children.” This is the type of mentality that leads to low-quality work in many parts of the economy.

Among my elementary school, junior high and high school teachers, only one was intellectually inclined, i.e. interested the subject that she taught. The few male teachers were invariably coaches, and they prioritized athletics, in addition to paddling a lot with a coach “witness” for a range of sins, like chewing gum and passing notes.

The coach teachers frequently gathered all of their classes together to watch Fellowship of Christian Athletes films. The lessons imparted did not prevent a torrent of unfettered bullying in the hallways and the so-called classes, usually done right under the teachers’ noses, with no attempt by them to even control that, much less to impart knowledge, a love of learning, etc.

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Endgame Napoleon UmbilicalMosqu… Tue, 12/19/2017 - 01:07 Permalink

If asked to explain the meaning of socialism, a safe bet would be that only 1% of my elementary school, junior high and high school teachers could provide a detailed answer, mostly just due to lack of interest in things like history, political science, economics, philosophy, etc. They could tell you a lot about their kids, athletic events, popular culture products and things of that ilk.

Now, my college teachers were all deeply interested in the subjects they taught. Although most were liberal or progressive, the left was not at all the only perspective represented on campus, especially by faculty in scientific and technical departments, but also in the liberal arts areas. I do not think the Gen Xers had the same experience in college as the Millennials.

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A Sentinel Katos Mon, 12/18/2017 - 23:28 Permalink

Common core is a freaking disaster. I have to re-teach my kids.

The goal doesn’t seem to be total destruction. One can still do math through their distorted prism, it’s just harder.

My current theory is that it’s a filter: the ones who can get the right answers are the brightest— they (the funders , like Gates) want those people working for them.

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The_Dude A Sentinel Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:39 Permalink

I see it differently...I see it as they are slowing down the curriculum endlessly to allow the laggards to keep up.  Teach them to do easy math three mindless ways so that Jose may eventually figure the shit out.It also doesn't help that the teachers are shit so laying it out three ways means the kids may pick one that works for them.  Instead of relying on the horrible teacher that may not be able to explain it.

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Memedada monero Tue, 12/19/2017 - 03:13 Permalink

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Government schools doing the bidding of their corporate masters, yes.

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