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    I did not find the following article surprising at all. But it is very sad and most are not aware of the ignorance of our nation. This is why Hillary is able to get so much support:

    http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/wa...american-youth


    Dumb American Youth


    By Walter E. Williams | October 25, 2016 | 8:26 AM EDT

    College students walk around campus at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. (AP Photo/Tony Talbot)

    Do you wonder why Sen. Bernie Sanders and his ideas are so popular among American college students? The answer is that they, like so many other young people who think they know it all, are really uninformed and ignorant. You say, "Williams, how dare you say that?! We've mortgaged our home to send our children to college." Let's start with the 2006 geographic literacy survey of youngsters between 18 and 24 years of age by National Geographic and Roper Public Affairs.

    Less than half could identify New York and Ohio on a U.S. map. Sixty percent could not find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a map of the Middle East, and three-quarters could not find Iran or Israel. In fact, 44 percent could not locate even one of those four countries. Youngsters who had taken a geography class didn't fare much better. By the way, when I attended elementary school, during the 1940s, we were given blank U.S. maps, and our assignment was to write in the states. Today such an assignment might be deemed oppressive, if not racist.

    According to a Philadelphia magazine article, the percentage of college grads who can read and interpret a food label has fallen from 40 to 30. They are six times likelier to know who won "American Idol" than they are to know the name of the speaker of the House. A high-school teacher in California handed out an assignment that required students to use a ruler. Not a single student knew how.

    An article on News Forum for Lawyers titled "Study Finds College Students Remarkably Incompetent" cites a study done by the American Institutes for Research that revealed that over 75 percent of two-year college students and 50 percent of four-year college students were incapable of completing everyday tasks. About 20 percent of four-year college students demonstrated only basic mathematical ability, while a steeper 30 percent of two-year college students could not progress past elementary arithmetic. NBC News reported that Fortune 500 companies spend about $3 billion annually to train employees in "basic English."



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    Reported by Just Facts, in 2009, the Pentagon estimated that 65 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. were unqualified for military service because of weak educational skills, poor physical fitness, illegal drug usage, medical conditions or criminal records. In January 2014, the commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command estimated this figure at 77.5 percent, and in June 2014, the Department of Defense estimated this figure at 71 percent.

    A few weeks ago, my column discussed the dishonesty of college officials. Here's more evidence: Among high-school students who graduated in 2014 and took the ACT college readiness exam, here's how various racial/ethnic groups fared when it came to meeting the ACT's college readiness benchmarks in at least three of the four subjects: Asians, 57 percent; whites, 49 percent; Hispanics, 23 percent; and blacks, 11 percent. However, the college rates of enrollment of these groups were: Asians, 80 percent; whites, 69 percent; Hispanics, 60 percent; and blacks, 57 percent. What I am labeling as dishonest, fraudulent or deceitful comes from the fact that many more students are admitted to college than are in fact college-ready. Admitting such students may satisfy the wants and financial interests of the higher education establishment, but whether it serves the interests of students, families, taxpayers and the nation is another question.

    To accommodate less college-ready students, colleges must water down their curricula, lower standards and abandon traditional tools and topics. Emory University English professor Mark Bauerlein writes in his book "The Dumbest Generation": Tradition "serves a crucial moral and intellectual function. ... People who read Thucydides and Caesar on war, and Seneca and Ovid on love, are less inclined to construe passing fads as durable outlooks, to fall into the maelstrom of celebrity culture, to presume that the circumstances of their own life are worth a Web page."

    Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.
    Last edited by Lou Newton; October 26, 2016, 02:57 PM.

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    This is sad, Lou, and not surprising. The degree of decrepitude is perhaps astonishing. Few reports lay the situation in out broad enough detail, which has fostered the (wrong) impression of isolated attack vectors.

    I say attack vectors because the federal education system is the vector of attack. All policies are driven by the feds, which take their orders from UNESCO (United Nations). UN has adopted a communist model for many things, education among them. To say this attack is systemic is precisely accurate. The intent is to destroy intellect through indoctrination, and create lifelong dependence.

    Charlotte Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the US Department of Education under the first Reagan Administration. She was responsible for shutting down that administration's wave of communist reform in American education. She has been rewarded by being blackballed, and since that time has been a consistently outspoken political activist. Having studied education in communist countries, she is very qualified to make the identification that our education system has been architected by communists. Charlotte advises that the Department of Education be defunded. This is a strong stance, but it is not out of line. The feds have no business dictating the affairs of the people, in education and in fact every area. Charlotte has many good interviews and lectures on youtube. On her web site is a blog where she posts current events: http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/. And she wrote a commercial book exposing this subject, which is now available for download through her web site (I haven't read, but I expect it would be quite professional, informative and extremely relevant to parents, prospective parents, grandparents...well, everyone).

    When we can put the federal corporation under our feet where it belongs, we can begin to unravel the mess and correct the damage. But not before then.

    Thanks for posting this, Lou.

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      Originally posted by Baruch View Post
      This is sad, Lou, and not surprising. The degree of decrepitude is perhaps astonishing. Few reports lay the situation in out broad enough detail, which has fostered the (wrong) impression of isolated attack vectors.

      I say attack vectors because the federal education system is the vector of attack. All policies are driven by the feds, which take their orders from UNESCO (United Nations). UN has adopted a communist model for many things, education among them. To say this attack is systemic is precisely accurate. The intent is to destroy intellect through indoctrination, and create lifelong dependence.

      Charlotte Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the US Department of Education under the first Reagan Administration. She was responsible for shutting down that administration's wave of communist reform in American education. She has been rewarded by being blackballed, and since that time has been a consistently outspoken political activist. Having studied education in communist countries, she is very qualified to make the identification that our education system has been architected by communists. Charlotte advises that the Department of Education be defunded. This is a strong stance, but it is not out of line. The feds have no business dictating the affairs of the people, in education and in fact every area. Charlotte has many good interviews and lectures on youtube. On her web site is a blog where she posts current events: http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/. And she wrote a commercial book exposing this subject, which is now available for download through her web site (I haven't read, but I expect it would be quite professional, informative and extremely relevant to parents, prospective parents, grandparents...well, everyone).

      When we can put the federal corporation under our feet where it belongs, we can begin to unravel the mess and correct the damage. But not before then.

      Thanks for posting this, Lou.
      Communism has proven to be a path to failure. You have to educate the people with truth to build a successful nation. You can not build F 22 fighters with ignorant people. BUT when you educate the people with truth they become aware that communism is a philosophy that is not true.

      So our government is moving toward communism to get total control of the people. BUT that means they have to teach lies to the people and people who are so ignorant can not build a good nation for anyone.

      Why do liberals seem to believe and teach so many lies ? It is because they hate the truth and love lies. They are antichrist and so are against the Truth, because Jesus is The Truth.

      They are going the way of Balaam and many others. They are doomed to destruction by their love of lies and hate of the Truth.

      One can not hate Truth and then find Truth.

      There is only one way the find truth:

      Matthew 13

      44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

      45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

      It can only be acquired by giving everything one has, NOT taking everything one can steal.

      Those that seek profit by taking from others are doomed to destruction.

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      • #4
        Yes. What you describe, counterpoint to the kingdom of heaven, is Satan's kingdom. A land that devours its inhabitants. That vision of the worldly kingdom in eternity should be greatly disturbing to those who are without Christ. It is the vision the antichrist architects of the universal government and church are trying to sell us.

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        • #5
          Its too bad half the people cant read this discussion and the other half that can read it cant understand it.

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