Dumbing Down Of America


I’ve never hidden the fact that I am not an advocate for our current public school system. I believe they have lost the purpose of educating students and have replaced it with the socialistic brainwashing and indoctrination of our kids and grandkids. In the process, far too many students cannot read, write or do simple math comparable with their age. But they have learned to trust our socialist government for all of their needs.

The current public school system along with the media is responsible for the dumbing down of America. Just consider the fact that when I was in public school back in the 1950s and 1960s, American students scored among the highest in the world. Today, American students and young adults have been sliding down the global scale.

A recent study reveals another reason why today’s public school students are being dumbed down.

According to the American Journal of Family Therapy, a study of students in Rhode Island claims that they are given too much homework. You better sit down before you find out just how much overworked these poor students are. Shockingly, first graders are given an average of 28 minutes of homework a night. This is supposedly three times the amount of homework that liberals recommend.

Even more outrageously horrifying is that they reported that tenth graders were tremendously overburdened with a whopping 54 minutes of homework a night. Can you believe the atrocity of it all?

The authors stated:

“We anticipate that an overload of homework will likely interfere with a kindergarten-aged child’s ability to play and participate in extra-curricular activities.”

I recall being in tenth grade and I had at least two hours of homework most nights and even more for more often than I would have liked. As far as extra-curricular activity and time to play, I had time to work part-time, play and enjoy my life and I know I’m prejudiced but I don’t think I turned out that bad. I’m a prolific reader when I have the time; I’m good at math, science, writing and a number of other subjects. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and fisheries biology and a Master’s Degree in biology – population genetics. I’ve often worked in management with various employers.

When I was in school, one of the things they taught us was how to make change for a monetary purchase. We didn’t have calculators and most cash registers didn’t calculate it for you. If you really want to stump a high school or college student today, ask them to make change without using an electronic device. I’ve done it and it stops them in the tracks.

Do you remember all of the hype proceeding January 1, 2000? Everyone claimed it was the turn of a new millennium, when in fact the new millennium actually began Jan. 1, 2001. However, on January 2, 2000, my wife and I went to the local Goodwill store where she purchased a couple of items. The cashier was a young girl and we were her first customers of the day. She was completely stumped because she could not figure out how to write the date. It was obvious she failed to comprehend that 2000 is the next number after 1999. I bet none of these young people had 2 or more hours of homework a night like we did when we were in school and it shows.

If you read socialist literal, you’ll find that one of the ways they recommend to take over a nation and people is to dumb them down and use the educational system to indoctrinate an entire generation. Give them ten to twenty years and they can convert an entire nation to accept a socialist form of government. Just look around you’ll see that they are rapidly succeeding.

Don’t you think it’s time to start actually teaching our kids the real lessons they should learn and if it takes more homework, they’ll be all the better for it.

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