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The ‘Dumbing Down’ of Americans

Posted on July 3, 2016 By

Do you know?

On history tests given to 31,000 pupils by the National Assessment of Education Progress, the “Nation’s Report Card,” most fourth-graders cannot identify a picture of Abraham Lincoln or a reason why he was important.

Most eighth-graders cannot identify any advantage that American forces had in the Revolutionary War.

Twelfth-graders had no idea why the United States entered World War II, or that China was North Korea’s ally in the Korean War.

Only 20 percent of fourth-graders attained a proficiency level in the test. By eighth grade, only 17 percent were judged proficient. By 12th grade, 12 percent. And only a tiny fraction was graded “advanced,” indicating a superior knowledge of American history.

The dumbing down of the American public has been happening for a very long time, right under our noses.

And it is imperiling the future of our nation by producing growing numbers of low-information voters; citizens who have zero grasp of American History, the nature of our Republic and the Rule of Law, or even the importance of having three separate and co-equal branches of government.

This dumbing-down process involves the deliberate oversimplification of intellectual content in education, literature, cinema, news programming and more. The purpose of this, of course, is to breed and train a standardized citizenry that evolve into more malleable collectives.

In 2012 we were 27th on the list of world rankings for educational achievement. By 2015 the United States had already slipped to 28th, with Singapore and Hong Kong hugging the the very top.

See this interesting site that ranks America on multiple categories as compared to our international neighbors. See also this one.

Asian nations dominate global education rankings.

And while the U.S. leads the developed world in per pupil education spending, it is far from doing the best job in preparing students for life in the 21st century.

Bottom Line: Americans are historically illiterate.

Students are no longer even being taught American history, even in college curricula designed specifically for history majors. [See this latest report from ACTA, the American Council for Trustees and Alumni.]

A similar thing is happening in American high schools where civic classes are now a thing of the past.

Standardized curricula being developed by some state boards of education are deleting what they term ‘socially sensitive’ information from our history books, and inserting much more homogenized information instead.

Why? To prevent antagonizing anyone they say; at least that’s their cover story. Don’t believe it for a minute.

American history is being deliberately rewritten by authors and school boards that are driven by regional and national political agendas.

Textbooks are increasingly being selected and standardized by a few large and powerful school boards that are being allowed to dictate what schools across America are then required to adopt.

Even more importantly, many states have deliberately relinquished their sovereignty and control to federal initiatives. Out of fear? You bet — out of fear of loosing federal funding.

Federal extortion of any nature is unconstitutional in that it erodes the Constitution’s separation of powers, yet our own Judiciary is uniformly rubber-stamping such extortioN.

FACT: the Constitution deliberately gives states sovereignty over the federal government, but they are routinely being cow-towed into acquiescence by the federal government.

FACT: the Federal government holds a very large fiscal stick over the heads of individual States by virtue of being able to selectively increase or decrease the amount of Federal assistance given to States depending on how they cooperate (or not) with the Feds.

FACT: states with poorly credentialed legislatures and even poorer educational systems are the first in line for Federal handouts. It doesn’t seem to matter to them that with Federal funds comes STRINGS.

Is this what we want from our educational system? Do most parents even realize what is happening?

Probably not…

 

FOOTNOTES:
( 1) The Dumbing Down of America by Patrick J. Buchanan
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/the-dumbing-down-of-america/

(2) Dumbing Down America
http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/20043-dumbing-down-america-the-decline-of-education-in-the-us-as-seen-from-down-under

( 3) American Exceptionalism
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/American_exceptionalism

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