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Are You Being Dumbed Down? Want to Take an 8th Grade Test From 1895 To Find Out?
From my own bizarre history and point of view; the first answer is yes but by whom exactly? And if we can be upgraded.
For me, the second would be heck no, I hated school, especially homework.
I do recall summer school and an amazing history teacher who was not only funny but made us realize that our history lessons and text books were full
of lies. He told us stories that only now are being told in documentaries such as the History channel. I think he was a college history professor at
Basically what I had learned was before high school and still managed to pass the GED due to comprehension and reading skills. My best score was in
science and worst was probably math. High school was my downfall and a waste of nearly fours years and a couple of court trials.
When we hear about how US schools compare with other countries such as Japan; we are comparatively dumber. Even so, I don't envy them.
There are many ways of learning to survive and many third world country imigrants who come here are usually better than we are at becoming sucessful
for many of these reasons. Some it would seem by their comments is that we take so much for granted and are basically lazy americans.
Are their teaching and learning standards actually that much higher?
How many US citizens would flunk the tests to enter into this country as new US citizens? Could it be their desires to come to America that made these
imigrants better achievers?
What is it that really makes some people smarter than others also? I would like to know if we can ever find the magic cure for stupidity as was
depicted in the sci-fi movie Lawnmower Man and the True Story Awakenings.
Now it seems that many people who suffer brain damage can retrain other areas of the brain to take over. So in that respect, I think it's certainly
possible to be upgraded by stimulating other areas of the brain.
I myself have always despised the teaching methods of our schools and had imagined possibly a computer system designed for the individual would be
more efficient. But I guess that sounds anti-social?