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Originally posted by ararisq
I look at it like this. Take a look at early European history for example. From nomads, to settlements, to towns, to the arrival of the Roman administrative system, to the arrival of Christianity and on and on. everything has led us to where we are now, a telescoping affect. I really don't think its planned.
It is planned (as a result of elections and our elected officials). When someone can look you in the face and tell you we added 200,000 jobs last month when we lost 600,000. When they can tell you we have 8% unemployment when nearly everyone around you is unemployed, that debt and deficits don't matter and is a sign of success, on and on. They lower the bar every year. An Atlanta teacher accused of cheating (giving test answers) said she did it because the kids were "dumb as hell".
I've sat in school rooms recently for 6th grade here in the US and I was stunned. They were talking to the kids like they were in preschool (no joke - preschool). The topic didn't change from day one to day two either - it was the same mindless garbage as if it would take a month of repeating 7+4 is 11 to understand. I don't get it. It was almost identical to the Bush 9/11 school teacher. Repeat after me "hit - plane - steel, good, repeat, good". I am definitely worried about our children and their ability to compete on the world stage.
I deal with a lot of completely ignorant people in their 20s though so I should have seen this coming. It seems like now you have to become intelligent despite the school systems best attempts at preventing you from doing so. My child would get in trouble every day for reading because he'd already finished the textbook for the year (in the first week). He didn't need to repeat "plane hit steel" over and over.
Originally posted by Griffo515
The whole idea of the schooling system is SUBMISSION.
You can have a child taught the same boring monotonous things over and over, but to get anywhere in grades, they must submit and learn. Think of it as a precursor to 'breaking the spirit' for modern society.
A society of uneducated drones is exactly what they need.
Just smart enough to push the pencils and press the buttons, but just dumb enough to not see how hard they are getting screwed by the system.
Originally posted by ProfEmeritus
S & F!
I don't know if you are familiar with Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt and her book "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America". . I highly recommend it if you want one view of what has happened in the US. I can't say how much it applies to Europe or other regions, but I suspect that much of it does. I will warn you that she believes that this is a conspiratorial effort of many groups and institutions, with one goal in mind, to turn the US into a socialist state, dependent upon the government. One might say that given the direction of the last several years, that she has a point. Be aware that the original full version in new condition is not cheap by any means(over $100), but there is a new abridged version of only about 500 pages for under $30. That is the edition I bought, and found it quite enlightening.
Due to synonym death and the widespread use of spell-check, words are dying. Using complex algorithms, the scientists discovered that in the past 40 years more words have died than during any other period in their data (from 1800 – 2008). At the same time, fewer words are being successfully introduced into the language. As the scientists conclude: “In the past 10-20 years, the total number of distinct words has significantly decreased, which we find is due largely to the extinction of both misspelled words and nonsensical print errors, and simultaneously, the decreased birth rate of new misspelled variations.” Statistically speaking, the language is shrinking.
Originally posted by rickymouse
It is important to note that people purposely dumb down themselves to be more sociable in society. We don't even realize we do it most of the time. Many foods contain chemicals that make us a little dopey and less aggressive, scared, manic, or nervous. We must remember to enjoy our experience here on earth without always worrying about things. Foods can do this, I have studied about their influence on us. We don't always need meds to calm us or relieve adhd unless there is something really wrong with us. Those with real problems only amount to about five percent of people taking meds. I have been studying the chemistry of the antidepresent drugs and found many of the chemicals present in foods. Most foods have an influence on the mind one way or another. I like being dumbed down a bit or my mind whizzes around and I cannot rest. I keep it suppressed so I can restore it within hours if needed to full capacity for extreme array pattern thinking. In this condition I cannot operate on a social basis well, I tend to go way over peoples heads. I usually dope myself up with one of many foods when I go to town.
This doping of oneself is not always bad. The FDA does not tell you what to eat. They make a variety of foods available and are responsible only for keeping them non toxic at normal levels. They do mess up this by listening to chemical companies though, but by law, if there is no undeniable proof that something is toxic than they are allowed to use it.
Overeating anything causes problems. Overeating a class of foods can cause problems also. People need to know the foods in a class, that seems to be a problem that needs addressing. Our commercial soils are burnt out in many areas and the foods lack micronutrients that are needed to make us sociable. One of those is lithium in an organic form. We need a tiny bit of it to help us keep calm. Sometimes it is in our water naturally other times it is not. Too much of one kind of food and our brain gets a little dopey but just till we stop eating too much of the food. I still don't agree with Fluoride being added to the water, I prefer coffee or sometimes tea.
The government can lead you to water but it can't make you drink. Watch how the food you are eating effects you personally. Eating things to dumb you down occasionally allows you to fit in with others and have fun. Alcohol can do this also but too much is not good. Most of the dumbing down of societycan be restored unless brain damage has occurred or the person likes the way he is. It is also a right of people to dumb themselves down so they can enjoy life more. There should be jobs available for these people in this country, they are usually not bad people. There are good and bad people in all classes. These people seem crooked no matter which class they are in.edit on 6-9-2012 by rickymouse because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by UnlimitedSky
So the bottom line is:
DO NOT THINK FOR YOURSELF.
DO NOT CONSIDER DIFFERENT VIEWS FROM THE ONE WE TEACH YOU.
DO NOT QUESTION.
DO NOT BECOME SELF SUFFICIENT.
Originally posted by SolarIce
Really? The real theories are given books and almost award deserving threads on this site...