Saturday, March 12, 2011

The dumbest generation

Here's my latest WorldNetDaily column entitled "The Dumbest Generation."

And I got a comment on the WND forums as well as follows:

Books First
Posted by stoecker on Mar 12, 2011 09:58

Unlike Patrice Lewis, I take conspiracy very seriously, but I don't believe that computers and the internet are a part of it. The technology is a secondary problem, and the real reason why children today are the "dumbest generation" is that they have been deliberately dumbed down, morally degraded, and indoctrinated in the indoc centers formerly known as schools. This was planned long, long ago.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with using modern technology and the internet. I do most of my research for magazine articles on the internet, although I make use of books as well. But I would not be able to write had I not had the rudiments of an education back when schools still had some standards. And, above all, like Patrice Lewis' home schooled children today, I read books, more books, and more books.

The only solution to the problem is to defund the indoc centers and rely on private schools, home schooling...and books.

William B Stoecker


  1. Mr. William B. Stoecker is absolutely correct in his thinking on this subject... i count my blessings that i went to public schools that expected me to learn how to read, write, and do arithmetic as well as how to apply these lessons to the life i would lead after school. we were also expected to dress appropriately and to behave like ladies and gents. the dumbing down of america has been going on for a good thirty to forty years so now we have dumb teachers teaching students to be even dumber than their dumb parents.

  2. One of the most "plugged-in" societies in the world is Japan, yet they aren't dumbed down, so I think there can be heavy reliance on technology and also literacy, simultaneously.

    During the television coverage of the earthquake and tsunmai that devastated Japan, I saw a couple of young Japanese men trying to create a raft out of the flotsom that the tsunami deposited within reach of their rooftop sanctuary. They had obviously learned how to make a raft - maybe from a YouTube video or maybe by reading Papillion. I don't know, but I do know they were trying to help themselves and I hope they were able to make it to safety.

    Although I agree there are many ignorant and illiterate young people, I know my parent's generation thought the same of my generation. I'm a baby boomer and everybody hates my generation it seems. We weren't dumb and we weren't lazy, but some of us were troublemakers - not all of us, not even most of us, but our generation was labeled as such and frankly it isn't right to label an entire generation that way.

    I do agree with the commentator on WND, there are conspiracies and dumbing down kids is one of them (in America). It is a concerted effort to make succeeding generations increasingly dependent on Big Brother. It is up to loving and attentive parents to see to it that their own children and grandchildren (when possible) are not indoctrinated. It all boils down to vigilance.

    In the Book of Mark, Chapter 13 of the Bible, we are instructed to be watchmen. We must always watch and react accordingly, including when it comes to the education of the next generation.

    What we are witnessing with the current crop of youngsters may not be dumb kids but perhaps lazy adults instead.

    Anonymous Patriot

  3. Dang, Patrice, I wish this country had more parents like you two!

  4. .....I'm a boomer, so I noticed the changes in the schools as I grew up, and the bigger declines by the time my kids were in school - but nothing was as obviously drastic as the changes (declining) in parenting during that time span.....There were enough boomer parents around that influenced more than their own home environment, it spilled into the school systems and society too. Those were the lazy, self centered parents who were more concerned with their own interests and allowed anyone and everyone else to raise & educate their children for them.....Some existed back when I was small, and the numbers grew as I did, to the chaos by the time my own went to school - the 80s: half that were lazy vs the ones over parenting (defined as controlling without any real idea of what they were doing).....

    The schools deserve a lot of blame, the kids get some of the fault as well, but the biggest failure has been a large number of parents who just didn't pay attention "on their watch".....Of course when a parent doesn't stay alert it's only obvious that their kids will end up with so many "behind the 8 ball issues" by the time they begin adulthood......

    Bright side right now, is there seem to be more parents figuring out they need to step up, and the kids are beginning to figure out they have to put in the work, too....The tide is turning, slowly but surely......

  5. I am not a believer in coincidence, so how coincidental is it since the Feds have taken control of eduction via Dept. of Education our kids have become dumber than boxes of rocks? I see little forward motion or motivation in this generation of adolescents. Every time I have to go to the school during school hours for my teen, I witness kids basically having the run of the school. The lunatics basically running the asylum. Time to remove the Feds from our educational systems!

    Had Enuff

  6. I DO believe that all this technological crap is part of the problem. It is about distractions. You give marginally good thinkers a bunch of toys to play with and then it is over. If our useless schools could stop their new world commie manifesto teaching for a few moments then maybe people would not dislike them as much as I do.

  7. We don't have many of the typical electronics that some kids have, but we are very thankful for our computer. My younger children aren't allowed to use it very often, but my elder daughter uses it to keep in touch with friends and relatives, and for doing research. We are a good fifteen minutes from town, and our library is only open two days a week. With one teen and six younger children, dragging them to the library isn't exactly at the top of my priority list; we are instead working on building a library of our own here at home. In the meantime, our computer is a wonderful tool, and keeps the conversations flowing when they would otherwise come to an abrupt halt. Just recently, we looked up prefecture, the death of King Henry VIII, phantom pregnancy(of all things), and just now my 7yo asked what a detective's shield looks like. We believe that parents(and teachers) have the power to allow electronics to be either a helpful tool or a tool of destruction in their sphere of influence.

    As far as my own education, I would say that achievement was very important to both my parents and my teachers. My boomer parents were neither dumb nor lazy, but I believe that they thought that education was the job of the schools and the churches. My parents kept me housed, clothed, fed and disciplined, and made sure we got to school during the week and church on Sunday and Wednesday night. Not much personal interaction, but they did set the example of reading, though, and for that I am eternally thankful.

    My husband, who did not grow up in a reading family (and who suffered through years of being shuffled through school as a kid with multiple learning challenges) regularly expresses his gratefulness that I have taught our (homeschooled) children to love reading. So far, all five of my reading children have learned to read without any formal training, and it happened because of books! If the grid went down tomorrow, or if we could no longer afford to pay for internet service, my children(and myself) would still be reading, and learning. If we had a house fire and all of our books burned, I'd make a trip to the nearest Goodwill and head for the bookshelves. And then I'd log onto Amazon to replace some favorites.

    Patrice, I've already pre-ordered a copy of your book, and can't wait to finally have it in hand!


  8. I am completely against the use of computers or the internet for any reason. Period.

    But, seriously. I do think that there is massive dumbing down in our society from many different directions. The school I went to had a few great teachers there, but if you were unfortunate enough to get someone else, you weren't going to learn much if anything. My first year of highschool, I took Honors English. It was tough and there was a lot of reading and challenging writing assignments. So, the next year, I decided to take a regular English class and I almost failed it because the work was so mind-numbing. I even had three different teachers that year thinking that one of them had to be better. I was so sorry I hadn't taken the Honors class that year, but I'll tell you what. The last two years I was glad just to be in a class where I was learning how to master the English language. As much as I complained about the extra work, I wouldn't have gone back for anything. I felt really sorry for the "normal" kids. How could they go on and be better for it?

  9. As one who has read many books on my MDA and now iPhone, I don't see how technology makes books less accessible. I carry around 250 books with me everywhere I go, and the only reason it's not more is because I haven't got the other 15,000 I have on my computer switched over to an appropriate format. I read on the computer screen too, though that's not as enjoyable as even the tiny format on a hand-held. I've been debating on Kindle or iPad since long before the iPad came out, and at the moment I'm about to decide: both. My iPhone also has 1,000 songs and 18 movies on it, and lots of reference and emergency apps as well. It's like carrying around a mini library. I also have about 100 games for whenever I can't keep kids quiet with stories.

    I didn't learn to love reading or even learning from my public school. While I plodded through the approved curriculum bored out of my mind I read hundreds of books each year. I'm the sort of nerd that read Plato at the age of 12 (not that I understood; I liked his version of the Republic!!) and turned in book reports on 'L'Morte d'Arthur' and 'The Odyssey' and had to get special permission to do so (!!!).

    As I grew older my love of learning grew with me; the only thing of use that I learned in school is typing. Since I got out of school I discovered that I have an actual talent for my bĂȘte noir, mathematics, and that I do algebra in my head without even realizing that's what it was. It is one example of many. Technology can be a distraction, especially video games. Certainly moderation is a good idea, too much of anything can kill you. Blaming the tool instead of the user is a bad idea, however, especially when the instructor is falling down on the job. While there are plenty of good, even great teachers, the system they work in is broken and needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Home schooling is a good start, and will probably be the only source of well-educated people in a few years. It doesn't follow that it's the solution. Not all parents have the time and patience and skill to do it. There are plenty of people who are educated, intelligent, and terrible teachers. It's a specialist kind of job requiring particular qualities, many of which are lacking in the current crop. Technology might change all that, indeed might finally update the factory-based primary education system and university lecture system that was devised literally thousands of years ago.

    As always, the tool doesn't determine the good or evil, it's the wielder.

  10. Here's some startling graphic percentages of high school dropouts.

    A Nation of Dropouts Shakes Europe(and the US)