The Dumbing of America

I ran across this on Pseudo Psyence’s blog but thought the article was right on the money…

The Dumbing of America

Speaking of which…
blog readability test

Great. Guess I’ll have to work on that…



Filed under america, education

6 responses to “The Dumbing of America

  1. this article is spot on. things are only getting worse as we breed mediocrity in out schools. i see a HUGE difference between what my oldest child has gone through and what my youngest is experiencing and i see much of the cause being the no child gets ahead act. i’ve seen truly excellent curricula slashed, radically changed, or deleted entirely so the teachers can spend time preparing kids to spend days on end filling in bubble sheets. even so, my oldest has a vocabulary she isn’t afraid to use (and uses correctly, i might add) she’s had teachers have to look up words she uses. she’s well read and eloquent but i still find that astonishing and the teachers ought to be embarrassed.

  2. jwcooper3

    There seems to be a growing trend toward home schooling…that just might be the answer for those that can afford to do it…and that number grows fewer and fewer everyday unfortunately.

  3. OMG! You know I had to try the blog quiz~ This is crazy. I’m posting it on my blog just so everyone can get a GOOD LAUGH! 🙂

  4. Ooh, now I have to know what my reading level is now!! lol

    I tagged you for some of those ‘tell me 6 things about yourself’ deals, as you always come up with good answers! ;p

  5. I’m Elementary school too! Yay for me!!

    I think it just says that for all of us, just to piss us snobs off.. 😉
    I mean, I read people like Wm Burroughs for God’s sake, and I only write at Elementary level?? Damn it!!!


  6. Bill

    When access to the World Wide Web became commonplace, I had hopes that the trend was reversing. After all, web surfers have to do some reading as opposed to just sitting numb in front of a television set. With today’s broadband connections, we are sliding backward, with both kinds of surfers clicking to switch between numbing video streams.

    The new-fangled electronic textbooks are going to be more of the same, eventually becoming nothing but a collection of video clips.

    Perhaps the need to read is over-rated. Whenever I look at a toolbar in a computer application program, I see lots of little meaningless icons. My youngest nephew, on the other side of the generation gap, was able to download casual games from the ‘Net and install them before he learned how to read. Then he was able to figure out how to play them and in fact become quite good at it.

    When I was young, I thought that when I grew up, I was going to know everything. The more I learned, the more I realized I did not know. Today’s youth may not get to enjoy that revelation.


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