I think it's stupid when conspiracy theories blame the media and chemical water for the dumbing down of America.
I think that sometimes conspiracy theorists- I mean the more paranoid ones- not the rational ones- struggle to just understand that people really are
that apathetic. It's not some mind-boggling conspiracy to dumb everyone down. The government is clearly at fault for keeping the methods of
teaching material in schools the same. That's their fault. It's not a matter of media or water dumbing us down. It's that people are becoming
more and more apathetic to studying and learning new material and that we don't want to admit it yet.
Apathy is the real problem. This TIME article really explains the problem. I think this topic is appropriate given the fact that ATSers are in
school now and why people aren't more interested in learning in school.
During the semester, Glanz divided her time among competitive, college-oriented students, average students and turned-off, unmotivated
youngsters in an intensive study program. She watched half her fellow students cheat on tests and even found herself panicking when her homework was
not done. As it turned out, she was one of the few who did worry. "Even the bright kids manipulated the system and didn't do any more work than they
actually had to," she said. "Most of them want to go to good colleges, but they don't seem to really want to learn more than is required." She
found that many students came to class unprepared, ready only to absorb the teacher's monologue.
Glanz discovered one reason for the "incredible passivity" among students: many simply save little energy for schooling. Nearly half hold
after-school jobs even though they generally come from upper-income homes. "Some are saving for college," she said, and besides, "it costs a lot to
be a kid these days." To many of the students, she said, high school and college are archaic prerequisites for gainful employment. What really
counts, they think, is contacts and good luck. Moreover, she observed, "not studying is a way of asserting oneself. There is a slave mentality of
committing small sabotages to subvert the system."
I don't think it's a radical conspiracy here. I think that people are naturally becoming more lazier. These elitists are taking advantage of the
masses here because the elites know that the masses are lazy and uneducated.
Hasn't it ever ocurred to these people that spew this kind of stuff that perhaps it's just a tendency of people- nowadays- to not use the faculties
of their mind for learning because they don't want to? It's because they've been in school for so long so that learning seems more like a chore
than it does seem for fun.
We need a radically new view of education. I don't think that these theories about why people are becoming more stupid are helping. I think that we
need to take what works, and, fix/can what doesn't work.
I think there is a deliberate dumbing down of America but it is not done by any one policy maker... it is done through a collective effort of the
people in the school systems to not get people more interested in learning, and, it's done by people who are totally apathetic to learning new
That's my conclusion on that subject. I think that these conspiracy theorists that say these things need to really come to get a grip on a few
things... and understand that perhaps not all is lost- that we can solve this problem- and get America back to a country that exceeds in all areas of
education be it math, sciences, foreign languages, or physics, etc.
The reason we lead in education during the 60s, 70s, and the 80s was because we were in the Cold War. We were pushed to do better because we had the
constant fear of the Soviets dropping a nuclear bomb on us. We wanted to defeat the Soviets here, and, since then, our motivation to succeed has been
dropping. We need to get that motivations. Human beings have unlimited potential. People aren't stupid. They just need to work more and put more
effort into things to get optimal results.