Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jim Q, "The Deliberate Dumbing-Down of America"

"The Deliberate Dumbing-Down of America"
by Jim Q

"Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life. An immeasurable swath of America has not heeded this advice. Doug Casey refers to these people as Boobus Americanus. According to the CDC, 66% of adults over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. That is approximately 140 million adults. Somewhere between 15 and 20 million Americans can be classified as alcoholics. As many as 50% of those on welfare are alcoholics. There are 225 million people over 18 years old and 32 million of them do not have a high school diploma. There are 32 million adults or 14% who are illiterate (23% in California, 22% in New York, 20% in Florida, 17% in New Jersey). The United States’ spending per pupil in public schools at $9,266 is in the top 5 in the world. New York and New Jersey spend $14,000 per pupil and one-fifth of their adults are illiterate.
Graphic intentionally chosen to shock and insult.

Forrest Gump, when asked “Are you stupid or something”, responded “Stupid is as stupid does”. A person’s appearance does not prove they are stupid. It is their deeds and actions which prove whether they are stupid or not. The terms stupid and idiot are not politically correct in today’s America. Intellectually challenged, IQ disadvantaged, aptitude deficient, brain power wanting, and acumen poor might satisfy the PC police. Let’s take a look at their definitions according to Webster’s Dictionary and assess whether they might apply to anyone in the increasingly socialized United States of today.

Stupid - slow of mind; given to unintelligent decisions or acts; acting in an unintelligent or careless manner; lacking intelligence or reason; lacking in power to absorb ideas or impressions; implies a slow-witted or dazed state of mind that may be either congenital or temporary.
Idiot - a foolish or senseless person; a person of subnormal intelligence; a person lacking intelligence or common sense.

Besides describing George W. Bush, these definitions sadly describe millions of Americans. As a wise person I know likes to say, “It is a sad state of affairs”. Our citizens have failed to heed the wise words of our Founding Fathers:

“Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”
- Thomas Paine

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” - James Madison

“Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” - Edward Everett

The American people’s ignorance, stupidity, and disinterest in the governance of this nation have allowed an oligopoly of politicians, bankers, and powerful corporations to seize control of the country and loot its riches for their personal gain. By failing to educate themselves, millions of ignorant Americans have lost all of their power and are now dictated to by the few with knowledge. The elite who dictate the path of our country do not want the masses to become educated. Their power would be in jeopardy. The American public school system insures the retention of their power and wealth.

Somehow, despite the billions “invested” in our children, millions graduate and can’t add or subtract. Cashiers in most retail stores would not know how to give you change from a dollar if the cash register didn’t tell them. Even then, it is often times a struggle. The Mathematics literacy of our 15 year olds is well below the world average and 10% to 15% below the leading Asian countries. We did beat Russia, Italy and Mexico. Any cost benefit analysis of what we spend versus what we get would conclude that our educational system is a complete disaster. It should be clear even to a high school dropout that our government bureaucrats haven’t spent our tax money efficiently or effectively. Our public schools are either not teaching the right things or not using the right techniques.

Instead of encouraging excellence in our most gifted children, government bureaucrats spend billions experimenting with the latest educational fads and trying to make sure all students are treated equal. This socialist teaching methodology has accomplished mass mediocrity. The devastating combination of mediocre teaching methods, weak curriculum, disinterested or non-existent parental involvement, lazy unmotivated pupils, and greedy self serving teachers’ unions has led to the poor excuse for a public education system.

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.” - Carl Sagan

After spending trillions on education in the last 40 years, we have absolutely nothing to show for it. SAT scores in Reading are lower and Math scores are flat with scores in 1972. The general populace is more ignorant, less informed, less curious, and easier to manipulate than they were in 1970.

This is a free country. No one is going to stop you from reading a book. My parents didn’t go to college, but their three kids did. All of our kids will go to college. It is expected and encouraged from the day they are born. The encouragement and involvement of two parents is more important than any other factor. The numbers speak for themselves. Asian children succeed the most because 85% of them are brought up in two parent households. White children are more successful in school because 76% of them are brought up in two parent households. Black children fail because only 38% are brought up in two parent households. The government can spend trillions more in urban public school systems and get no better results because black men have not taken personal responsibility for their children and families.

The dumbing down of America has allowed the intelligentsia to retain power and increase their control over the country. Lack of educational achievement doesn’t automatically mean you are easily manipulated, but it sure increases the odds. If you weren’t motivated enough to do well in school, you are unlikely to take your civic duties of voting, understanding national issues, and getting involved in your community seriously. The saddest part is that an enormous quantity of even the college educated is so intellectually lazy that they choose to trust their leaders without question. With 100 million, ignorant, non-thinking, non-questioning, and intellectually lazy zombies occupying space in this country, continued domination by a few thousand highly educated elite remains quite easy. A highly educated citizenry would endanger their power. By socializing public education, encouraging mediocrity, and not rewarding excellence, government bureaucrats insure that the masses remain ignorant and pliable. Those in power know that by keeping the ignorant masses sedated with socialist goodies like welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, public housing, and easy credit, they can stay in charge. For them it is fabulous, for the country it is a disaster.

There is no area of ignorance more distressing than in the area of economics and finance. Those with superior knowledge and power are able to mislead the ignorant masses regarding the state of our economic situation because most Americans have no clue about deficits, inflation, or the printing of money out of thin air. The question is whether we can change our course, properly educate our populace, and take this country back from the entrenched elite. There is no more important issue facing our country today."
- Jim Q, http://theburningplatform.com/economy/american-idiots-1

A comment: Another "critical" post, I know. I wish it were all sweetness and light, no problems anywhere, Heaven on earth and Soma for everyone. But it's not. As a country we are in desperately serious times. How do you think we got here? We, the people, not the rich "elites," have been savagely manipulated, played for fools, for a very long time now. Unless we can finally wake up enough to truly recognize the nature of the problems we face we can never hope to fix things. Yes, it's insulting and demeaning to read an article like this, but truth is what it is, nothing more, nothing less. Look around you- can you deny that this is how it is? If we can't, or refuse, to understand the trap we're in, then it's business as usual, and you see where that's gotten us... CoyotePrime

7 comments:

  1. Ironically, I think all the money being spent on education has probably been a relatively successful venture for the elitists in charge. Their goal for a long time has been to keep the people ignorant enough to rule over them. The Nobel Prize winner Bertrand Russell said, "Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine from a very early age to produce the sort of character and sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable." Public education is dictated by people with that elitist mentality, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that public education leaves a lot of people very ignorant. In my opinion, so called "higher education" is not much better either. Many universities receive government funding anyways. And might I also point out that a lot of the money students (and their parents) spend on college educations comes from loans that make the elitists bankers even richer? So even people getting "educated" is a way for the elitists bankers to stay in charge. It seems that they have the system set up to where they will win either way.

    I think in this day an age the best way to get a true education is to educate yourself by reading different viewpoints on whatever subject you want to learn about (of course some subjects don't have more than one viewpoint, such as computer science or electrical engineering...they pretty much are what they are). Say for instance you want to learn about Egyptology. Learn what the textbooks say and also learn what the Graham Hancock's and John Anthony West's of the world say. Open your mind to both sides, and investigate the claims and evidence of both sides. Don't just assume that what is "established" is right. History is wrought with examples of "established facts" being proven wrong. But at the same time, we also want to avoid accepting whatever sounds good as truth too. In today's world, there are a lot of agendas, disinformation, and fabrications available for people to read. Investigating the things we learn is the best way to educate ourselves. In other words, don't just let your education be dictated to you, educate yourself too.

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  2. Thanks very much for stopping by and posting an excellent, informative comment, Jeff. Ironically, "educating yourself" was one of the reasons this blog got started. I'm a reader (English major), an omnivore of words, and after starting this as a diary thing, I thought why not share what I find each day with others? 99% of the population won't be interested, but some will, and for those it might be informative and help me learn something, too. And here we are...

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  3. Many of 'us' figured out that educating yourself creates a better perspective. Sharing ideas, concepts and research openly should be brought from 'a perspective' not the views they uphold currently.
    You slammed some serious numbers in your blog that surprised me.
    I didn't know the USA had such an educational problem. I never thought much of the Dutch systems but Americans need to conceive the fact that children are the future and that those are not just positive sounding words. They have to stand for their future or there will be none.
    Jeff's right, they chose a win-win situation. Unless the financial systems vanishes or a revolution starts. Both are no happy pictures, but a step forward nonetheless.

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  4. Thanks for commenting, Roel. The American "educational" system is really designed to prevent development of strong, curious minds, able to think independently of the mass media propaganda lines. A curious aspect of that is attention span: you'd be amazed at the response to many at the prospect of reading an entire book- first, that you actually READ, then the prospect of spending HOURS at a time "just reading" is a horrifying concept to most Americans. We truly are pathetically shallow, deliberately misinformed, and lack the basic intellectual skills for factual analysis and reasoning. Which is exactly what the Rulers want, making social control so much easier...

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  5. You're welcome ofcourse.
    Too difficult to read a book. I know how that is. I didn't read any for at least 10 years. And the past 2 years I've read more than I've ever done and I wouldn't miss it for the world. Ofcourse I've never stopped reading on the internet but books never triggered me and most still do not. It's the genre for me, I prefer reading something that teaches me rather than something that entertains me.

    Ofcourse that is not the case with the residents of America.
    As a European I normally see a lot of pride in Americans when they talk about their country.
    That pride is misplaced in my views but should be directed towards a feeling of unity. Be proud about having so many states working together and build on that.
    Look at least 300 years ahead and secure that future and then be proud. There's a question in my soul that keeps coming back: "Why can 'we' talk about this and figure out sollutions and the people that could start these changes can not even conceive these ideas?"

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  6. Roel, the idea that "we" can do so, but the rulers cannot has long puzzled me, until I became aware of the "psychopath" element. I was incredulous about this material at first, but after some study and consideration it made perfect sense, as unbelievable as it might initially seem. In many ways these people may as well be extraterrestrials compared to us. What a perfect enemy: high intelligence, a clearly defined objective, and we, their victims, are completely unaware of who and what they really are. Clearly a "dumbing-down" of your opponent would be an advantage. The results speak for themselves, though- we Americans are woefully mis-educated, and on the whole all too ignorant. Where we go from here is anyone's guess...

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  7. I guess we keep heading the same direction we have until we stop it.
    I hoped there would be a charter that would allow me to sign up for an earth with goals that are set with everybody. Goals that benefit everyone personally and as a race.
    Not photo's and sand from mars or a flag on a moon, waste of resources in my opinion. And that's just NASA...millions of companies waste resources without reason.
    It's a weird, tough life, knowing what many will not know at all in their current life but I have to be positive. I do have noticed an increase of people opening up and admitting the wrongs in this world.
    Too bad it's nowhere near creating a global change yet. ;)

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