April 29, 2009, - 1:57 pm

America Gets Dumber: Dueling Headlines of the Day

By Debbie Schlussel
More proof that not only can’t you believe what you read in the mainstream media, but if you do, you’re not sure what to believe. Check out these dueling news blurbs.
From Today’s Wall Street Journal Front Page . . .

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From Today’s Detroit Newsistan . . .
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So, which one is right? Well, both, but the first one–from the Wall Street Journal–tells the real story. The second one is misleading and basically a typical white lie told in the Detroit News birdcage liner.
While kids a/k/a younger students made gains in math and reading, those gains wash out by the time they are in high school. As a result, we continue as a country to fall behind that of other Western industrialized nations. For the most part, their kids are improving constantly and even in high school, while our kids haven’t improved since 1971. Well, technically, we’re up a “whopping” ONE point in reading and only TWO points in math since 1971. Very sad. How much tax money have we thrown down a black hole to improve education in those 38 years? More than the gross national product of lots of third world countries combined, with nothing to show for it.

U.S. high-school students haven’t achieved any significant gains in reading or math for nearly four decades, according to a new federal report. . . .
The report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress — a highly respected federal test also known as the “Nation’s Report Card” — looked at NAEP results for 9-, 13- and 17-year-olds since the early 1970s, when the tests in math and reading were first given.
Although the two younger groups have made progress in those subjects over that period, scores for 17-year-olds were virtually unchanged.
On a zero-to-500-point scale, 17-year-olds scored an average of 286 points in reading in 2008, up one point from 1971. The NAEP report said students with such scores have “intermediate skills” and are able to make generalizations about what they read.
In math, the same group’s average scores rose two points to 306 since 1973. The report said students scoring in that range are able to perform moderately complex procedures such as computing with decimals and simple fractions.
The results suggest gains made by younger students are “washing out” as they get older, said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education . . . .
President Barack Obama has said boosting high-school-graduation rates is a key element of his education agenda.

WHAT? Boosting graduation rates is why we have a problem in the first place. Schools graduate dummies who can’t read or write or add or subtract. Our publick skoolz are diploma mills. The piece of paper called a high school diploma is worth about as much as the piece of paper called a Middle East peace treaty.
This is what we mean by the “Dumbing Down of America.” Like I’ve said time and again, the movie “Idiocracy” ain’t much of a stretch for America’s future.
20 million illegal aliens, Islam growing by leaps and bounds, and America’s kids getting dumber by the minute and stuck at the intellect of 1971.
It’s the perfect storm for our enemies.
American kids are getting dumber. But, hey, they know what Heidi and Spencer from “The Hills” are getting for wedding gifts. And they know which designer clothes porn star Kim Kardashian is wearing.

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8 Responses

Hi Debbie,
Did you know that in California we now have a high school exit exam that students are required to pass in order to get a diploma?

Perpetua on April 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

It may mean nothing. Just how prepared are our kids for college and the real world?

NormanF on April 29, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Gee guess when the hippies started teaching school?

colin5656 on April 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Yes, Pepetua.. the exit exam consists of being able to find the door…..
I grew up here in CA. Wentto parochail school for elementary and high school. I teachat the college level. California has watered down their education so badly in the name of affirmative action, that it is pathetic. It’s even reached that level for colleges. The UC system (driven by Berkeley of course..) has a tacit quota system to enlist hihg numebrs of minorities ( i.e minorities that dont’ include Asians) and have failed dismally in lower ing their bar to sub-terranean levels.
Education in this country has gone to hell in a handbasket wihtout a bottom in it. The radical revisionist mindset of the hippies that clin5656 refers to has trickled down to the high school level all over the nation. Critical thinking has been supplanted by indoctrination, and an ideological spin seems to pervade everythign taught- in history for example, Truman didn’t save a million American lives and several million Japanese by deploying the A-bomb, but instead kids are taught that he was playing “Who has the bigger weenie now, Stalin?” with the Russians. Lincoln was gay according to inuendo to appease the self righteous gays out there, Christianity is bad, Islam is good and pacific, and in even in hard sciences, things are purposefully lef tout in curriculum that might cause someone to question evolution, global warming, and even generally fails to note the abstractions of great scientists liek Newton (and Gallileo) who used their own reasoning to conclude that there had to be “God”.
I deal with these liberal academic ideologues all the time. My own status as a conservative and devout Catholic have been a source of derision for years now. Tolerance? bah.. the left is the most intolerant postion of all, and academia is it’s breeding ground.
I see a horrible trend in this type of “feel good” education that has made use of the past 40 years to become less an education and more of a left wing ideological boot camp. have we gone past the point of no return ? The mediocity produced by eduation today is just another reflection of the serious flaws of the socialist path the country has taken- one that will accelerate and amplify itself even more now that we basically have a one party ideological government runnng the show. May God have mercy on us all.

Mistress_Dee on April 30, 2009 at 1:01 pm

There will soon be a day when asking a prospective employee how much education they completed will be considered racial profiling or discrimination.

californiascreaming on April 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

The Rockefeller’s CFR/Trilateral Commission for the New World Order knew that an educated electorate would never stand for America being destroyed for a New World Order run by the Elite.
They deliberately began taking over groups like the NEA, Department of Education and started using the schools for indoctrination, brainwashing, instead of education.Then they introduced feminism into the curriculum to destroy the Nuclear Family back in the early 1970’s.
In an interview Rockefeller bragged about how his family was responsible for destroying the nuclear family and education in this country.
I recommend reading;”The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America” by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt if you want to know how they systematically destroyed our Public Schools.The Book is now free of charge at http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com
Here is an excerpt:
“Brave new values were integrated into curricula and instruction. The mind of the average American
became ├Čtrained├« (conditioned) to accept the idea that education exists solely for the purpose
of getting a good paying job in the global workforce economy.”

ScottyDog on April 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm

According to Heather McDonald, “If blacks and Hispanics performed at the level that whites do, the U.S. would lead all industrialized nations in reading and would lead Europe in math and science, according to a study published in the Phi Delta Kappan in 2005.”
http://www.city-journal.org/2009/eon0219hm.html
I don’t know if that’s true, but the government doesn’t want to talk about the fact that it’s race based, and paying teachers’ unions off doesn’t help.

PJ on May 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Debbie, I sometimes chat with older school teachers. They all tell me a similar story. The lessons are watered down for kids today and they are relatively unteachable. I recently experienced that. A girl came over to my house w/her mom and they told me she was a “straight A” student. I asked the girl to spell a few easy words, which she couldn’t do. When I gently corrected her and asked her to respell a word correctly, she said I was being mean. I take it giving her a “B” would get the same repsonse.

Anonymous1 on May 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm

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