Its simple, Most of the other countries (Europe, China, India - i picked these because most of them are from here) have very high education standards.
Europe is not a country.
And the same thing is happening in Europe as well - I haven't seen a 'locally born' male doctor for decades. People have even been campaigning here to get doctors that speak the language of this country in such a way that it can be understood. Even the dentists are foreign and at the minimum, have a recognizable accent.
ATS seems sometimes a bit too America-centric to me. It's like the posters are always saying "this is happening to America" or "This country has the problem" - without realizing, it's happening at least ALL OVER THE WEST, and in many ways, it's all also happening in the east. The difference is that a lot of the east is third world, so they cannot be manipulated with the same efficiency as the first world (and the second, I presume).
When you want to write "America" or "this country" (about something that's clearly a world wide or the whole west-problem, not a country-specific one), pause for awhile. Think whether it applies to the whole west or maybe even the whole world, before you write it.
Otherwise it just comes off as ignorant, arrogant and your credibility suffers. And credibility is pretty important in this kind of areas, where there's so much junk already.
As a sidenote; I have been noticing an alarming amount of mistakes in the ATS forum topic headlines. I mean, if you can't even write the headline in correct english, without typos, what credibility do you have for writing a whole post and getting people to actually read it? Someone wrote two mistakes in the same topic - unbelievable, but it's true. The words were : "Telsa" and "Citys", when the correct words (judging by context) should have been "Tesla" and "Cities".
If you can't even write english - which is for many here your OWN LANGUAGE, what credibility do you really have? How can anyone trust someone who doesn't even have the basic intelligence to know how to type simple, everyday words correctly - especially when it comes to a complex topic that requires a 100+ IQ?
Then again, I guess the whole thing is balanced by the reader audience being of the same IQ level - they don't require correctly-written english (which is the least and the most basic thing any post writer can do, it's very easy), because they can't write it correctly themselves.
The very existence of something like 'spell checker' is shocking to me. Why would ANY normal, healthy adult need that? But the worse is the mental laziness to DEPEND on them, and to use them as excuse for not being able to write simple words correctly. It's astonishing to me.. it's astonishing, because I do not consider myself to be even above average in intelligence or any mental capabilities, and yet I have to watch people being more stupid than a lowly being like myself..
If I was a genius, then it would be easy to accept - it would be a given. Of course people would be stupider than me, it wouldn't be a shock. But that so many people are stupider than an already relatively stupid individual, THAT is shocking.
People try hard and have interesting ideas, but at the same time, they simply fail to write english correctly. They do not have the capability to do so. How can this be? What happened? I am sure that 100 years ago, even Americans could write english perfectly well. Someone talked about the letters the young (like 17 years old) soldiers sent back home from the war front. They were exquisitely written, deeply thoughtful and philosophical, even. I am pretty sure the letters the modern soldiers send back home are not.
Of all the things wrong in this world, of all the madness, insanity, stupidity and horrors - it really shocks me the most that people can't even do the most basic thing - to write their own language. It is really that shocking - and every time I see it happen, I still get shocked. I am not sure if it's even possible to get used to it.
Why do people born outside natively english-speaking countries possess the ability to write the english words correctly, while people who are actually born in a natively english-speaking country do not? How can this be? What caused this? Why don't people even care?
The attitude is usually something like: "Who cares about grammar, that's just nitpicking!"
The cause of the attitude and the lack of such ability is a great concern that I think everyone should care about. Because it is a symptom of something. It is a reflection of something scary. It is a manifestation of something horrible.
Here is just a few examples of what I like to call 'American Typos', that I have witnessed with my own eyes.
The 'typo' is first, and the correct version follows.
- board - bored
- wierd - weird
- weather - whether
- there - their
- their - they're
- their - there
- should of - should have
- hear - here