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American Students -- Dumber and More Woke

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Posted By: DW626, 2/4/2023 6:21:51 AM

Professors often complain about the current crop of students being less intellectually talented than when they began their careers decades back. Such griping is, of course, easy to dismiss -- it has occurred for millennia. Unfortunately, this time around the grumbling may be true and not the usual nostalgia for “the good old days.” The anecdotal evidence from textbook reading levels, shortened college syllabi, scrapbook-like research assignments, proliferating college remedial classes, grade inflation, and the popularity of “gut” college majors such as Gender Studies, is indisputable.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: F15 Gork 2/4/2023 6:36:57 AM (No. 1394412)
Woke may have made Jack a dull boy.....but it did make him a good democrat.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: mifla 2/4/2023 7:37:00 AM (No. 1394442)
Our public schools push kids through the system regardless of their abilities to pass a test. They get to college and reality hits.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: walcb 2/4/2023 8:25:24 AM (No. 1394481)
Students aren't even taught to memorize simple adding, they have to count fingers. So yes, students are more stupid.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 2/4/2023 8:41:30 AM (No. 1394490)
The brainwashing begins in the public schools, and the schools are filled with brainwashed teachers and so on down the line all the way back to the sixties, The hippie class became teachers and the normal people got real jobs, which brings us to today. You have to lay the blame on the media with its know nothing reporters and editors. And colleges end the academic year by May 5th! What the hell are parents getting for their money? Rush was right when he said we have young people with skulls full of mush.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 2/4/2023 9:10:31 AM (No. 1394527)
Too many kids today are being raised by Nintendo, that doesn't help.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Heil Liberals 2/4/2023 9:38:59 AM (No. 1394551)
The number one accusation that children make at school when they are mad or don’t like or agree with something someone says is, “That’s racist!,” or “You’re a racist!” When I began teaching in 2002, I never heard that said. In fact, race wasn’t an issue. The students saw each other as friends or they simply didn’t associate. Not today. The Obama agenda of defining all relationships by race is successful. An entire generation is steeped in racial politics at every level. The schools are more racially divided than they have ever been. It’s one of the reasons I retired early. The road back will be as hard fought as the road that we traveled between 1945 through the civil rights movement. It will be long, painful, and lots of people will suffer.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Roscoelewis 2/4/2023 9:47:55 AM (No. 1394558)
Education begins in the home. Kids learn and become what they are exposed to in their families. There is nothing a school/teacher can do to overcome what a kid learns when raised in a family of simians.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Strike3 2/4/2023 10:03:01 AM (No. 1394569)
I have lived through most of this "surprising" change and have witnessed high school, college and business adapt itself to the abilities of students instead of the other way around. There have always been teenagers working in fast food joints who could not make change for a dollar as we smiled in amusement but now we are smiling much too often. Sometime during the 1980s, teachers' unions, inflated administrations, affirmative action, diversity, equality and inclusion began producing more of this type as they began to accept these sorts of limitations in higher and higher positions without realizing that the college degree that the new hires displayed on their walls was worth less than the portrait of Karl Marx that they hung beside it. I too was taken in more than once by an impressive resume and a long list of credentials and hired the person who turned out to be an untalented, miserable failure. Wokeness, leftist philosophy or a degree in "studies" does not give one the ability to program a computer or read a spreadsheet. A manager can easily open himself to the probability of a lawsuit by explaining to such a person why his raise and bonus was niggardly at the end of the year. Those who explain away the poor performance of certain people and the reasons for problems on the job are too quick to bring racism, culture, home life or white privilege into the equation and are very slick at ignoring the trends and patterns provided by reality. There is one pattern that they ignore completely and even attempt to penalize people for outperforming all others, the ability, ambition and superior work ethic of Asians. Come on, DEI officers, 'splain that little anomaly to me using your current templates.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 2/4/2023 11:45:45 AM (No. 1394679)
#2, no, sorry, reality does not hit.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 2/4/2023 11:53:18 AM (No. 1394685)
Wokeism is turning into a synonym for dumbing down. Math is racist. Prove to me the goal of wokeism is not dumbing down children because that is what it is exactly doing.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: EmilioCavaradosi 2/4/2023 11:55:47 AM (No. 1394688)
Have had to explain to a rather bright black student that "Black Friday" was not a racial slur implying something negative about black customers. When I pointed out that that was the day many retailers could stop being "in the red" and recording their profits for the year in black ink, she was amazed and gratified. As far as high schools teaching at a grade school level, my daughter was born in 1962. In her high school junior year, she went to her first class in a history course required for graduation. The teacher announced that if students came to class regularly, they would get at least a B. Since many students had trouble reading and writing, all exams would be trued false. He would read the questions aloud and they could write + if it was true and 0 if it was false. She walked out and refused to return. She managed to enter college instead.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: dwa 2/4/2023 12:08:06 PM (No. 1394698)
"Professors" complaining about this is like the kettle calling the pot black. They get woke, dumbed down students from K-12 and then imprint their woke, dumbed down "teachings" on these students to produce citizens who can't critically thing, feel good about themselves (sometimes), hate America, and don't have the sense to come in out of the rain.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: DiegoDude 2/4/2023 12:57:13 PM (No. 1394728)
Set the bar low enough and you'll trip over it. Guess we're there.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: dovestar 2/4/2023 1:20:36 PM (No. 1394755)
There's another factor at work here. Innocent children are being steeped in sexual immorality and perversion. Emphasis on the carnal outpaces the intellectual and spiritual. Young adults are no longer pure spiritually and are cut off from the common sense that God gave them. Teach them to be perpetually angry as well and they can't even hear the truth. For Wisdom will not enter into a malicious spirit, nor will it dwell in a body subject to sin--Wisdom 1:4.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: DVC 2/4/2023 1:22:58 PM (No. 1394762)
The ignorant and disinformed are more easily led. This is INTENTIONAL.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: JackBurton 2/4/2023 5:49:44 PM (No. 1395042)
great article and, may I say, a Must Read. FTA: As colleges increasingly resemble high schools, high IQ youngsters will avoid them, schools will be forced to dig deeper into the cognitive talent pool, and high schools may soon teach at grade-school levels. Yeah. The smart thing, if you are serious about costs and a profession, is to take a 2 year certification course for a trade at your local CC. So say I, Mensa member with top test measurement of 138 IQ. I would not go to a 4 year institution these days unless I wanted to be a dentist (pays better than being a doctor) or teacher or a few other trades. I would be an electrician. So it goes.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: MickTurn 2/5/2023 10:22:10 AM (No. 1395542)
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Reply 18 - Posted by: RWPollock 2/6/2023 8:24:49 AM (No. 1396275)
If this author’s assessments are true, these young folks are in for a rude real world awakening. Also this may lead them to having a college degree that might not carry the “punch” or marketability it once had. I say go learn a trade! I notice in many young people the lack of the ability for critical thinking and often they have poor communication skills. But they are often talented when it comes to computers!
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