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Originally posted by Skyfloating
the thing is, in the last 150 years, technology has sped up more than most peoples intellects can catch up with. So, you have infantile minds on the level of the year 1850, trying to cope with 2007-media. Its a bit overwhelming. They need some time to catch up with the changes. Id say that in overall people are more intelligent than they were 150 years ago. Give it another 500 years and they will be on the intellectual and spiritual level you are right now.
Originally posted by Sky Eyes
But seriously, I have noticed, and been quite dismayed, with the truth herein. I am currently in the unfortunate position of being enrolled in one of the online Universities that have become quite popular for the working person. All I can say is that I am not impressed with the caliber of student that I am meeting. While there are those who can write a complete sentence and carry on an intelligent discussion, for the most part I am finding that the younger the student, the lower the intelligence, or perhaps a better word is knowledge.
Originally posted by jsobecky
As far as technology goes, television was the most powerful invention in our history. It had the potential to be a powerful tool for education and for the advancement of literacy. But it has turned into a wasteland of 30 minute sitcoms, and sessions of American Idol and Survivor. That is, when it is not selling the latest toothpaste.
Computers? Forget about it. Most people's knowledge of computers stops at video games and what the hot colors are in iPods. Another huge waste of technology, imo.
But in the end, what sells is what people will buy.
Originally posted by Raud
And with stupid they mean dangerously exposed to disinfo. In Russia, where I spent quite some time, the population are at least a little aware of the lies they were told during the Soviet era and how distorted their views have been. In the USA, this awareness is still to come I guess.
As these less-demanding, nonintellectual courses proliferated, a new “movement” was born, the Life Adjustment Movement, a federally sponsored curriculum reform effort that began soon after World War II. According to Charles Prosser, the father of Life Adjustment, only 20 percent of American young people could master academic content; another 20 percent were capable of doing vocational subjects; and the remaining 60 percent needed courses in subjects like health and PE, effective use of leisure time, driver training, and knowledge of such “problems of American democracy” as dating, buying on credit, and renting an apartment.
Originally posted by xEphon
Reason: Rampant Materialism.
The only thing most people are concerned with is the ability to make money. You hear it all the time. If you took a poll and asked people if they would rather be rich or be smart I would wager that the majority would rather be rich.
It has reached a point where people don't even mind that they have no common sense. Al la Paris Hilton. People admire her! Why!?
So people just occupy themselves with the act of obtaining money. If you can get by being a moron then why strive for anything greater?
Every penny of the $340 million was distributed last year to 140,898 teens who qualified for help based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, Reimers said.
Yet 50,000 eligible students were left empty-handed.