reply to post by MysticPearl
i agree. the education system has been a joke since they stopped teaching to educate, and started teaching for tests. standardized testing, while
well-intentioned, has done a lot to actually hurt the overall level of intelligence and education level of the nation's youth..
i might not have the best punctuation in the world, but i try to present my ideas in the most intellectual fashion i can. i actually learned MORE
after i got out of school, than i did when i was in...i attribute that to my searching for knowledge, rather than answers for a test.
a lot of the really young people i encounter are really kinda dumb. they have issues with logic, and problem solving, and creativity....standardized
testing has led to a minimum standard for education that is far behind that of other nations, so everyone gets the same bog standard crap, and they
push them out of the system not knowing much....but goddamnit if they didn't pass that test..
of course, it's not ALL the educational system's fault...generally speaking, parents don't do right at home anymore either. they're too busy with
work, and their own BS, to pay proper attention to their kids, so the kids are not properly motivated to achieve any more than they absolutely have
to....then the parents let the schools, and the TV raise their kids, so they grow up believing that the government never lies, has their best
interests in mind at all times, and the tv teaches them that all they need to be happy is lots of money, and fancy cars, and designer clothes, and
that it's completely ok to be a self-absorbed douchbag, with no concern for his or her fellow man...
so now, 10+ years ago, this place was full of really smart people, who could DO research, and work things out in their head, and bring really
intelligent, thought provoking things to the table, and now, there's still some of us(old timers) left, but the vast majority are these younger folk,
who aren't none too bright...plus the infiltrators, shills, and blind ignoramuses i mentioned in my earlier post.
thinking about it, present-day ATS really is a pretty good demonstration of the deliberate dumbing down of america's youth through federal meddling
in the educational system, and programming through reality television, and social media. ...and the death of the traditional family unit, and the
moral and societal decay that comes with it.
that, and, this my opinion, it FEELS like the site owners and operators are less concerned with the original mission of this place, than they are with
the money it generates for them. i understand it is their lifeline, their means of support, but things just ain't the same anymore..