Skip to comments.Why Americans Are Stupid
Posted on 01/01/2013 5:32:24 AM PST by IbJensen
After watching the viral video of the Obamaphone lady in October, I thought to myself we are in a lot of trouble.
It forced me to consider just how literate are the voters and people of the US. Its very hard to tell given so few studies nail it down to specifics. For some reason the federal government does not want to get an exact account of how many illegal immigrants we have or how much illiteracy there is in the US.
The census bureau delves into high school graduation levels, but not literacy rates. Perhaps because literacy and immigration and the problems of inner cities are connected. Such studies would not interest the multicultural US elites who do not really want to know the truth. In order to come to some conclusion about how educated the people of the US might be, one is forced to do guess-and-by-golly observations regarding why so many Americans seem so dumb, crude, and uncivilized.
As I discovered, educating for dumb and a dumber in the US goes back some time in our history.
Up until the late 1800s a good education in the United States could be obtained without government interference or oversight. Surprisingly, 50 percent of a population of 3 million in 1776 were indentured servants and 20 percent were African slaves. Yet during that time 600,000 copies of Thomas Paines Common Sense had been sold in the United States and had been read by countless Americans.
By 1812, with a population of approximately 7 million, Pierre DuPont wrote in Education in the United States, that out of every 1,000 persons fewer than four cant read or do numbers. He attributed this fact to traditional dinner table debates over passages read from the Bible. In other words, children learned how to read with an understanding of what they were reading and they knew their numbers. All this education took place at home or in one room school houses, or Dame Schools, primarily taught by women. The children who came out of these schools grew up to be self reliant and individualistic, in marked contrast to the Prussian system which produced an obedient, collectivist trained populace..
Implementation of the Prussian System was to become the goal of Edward Everett, Americas first PhD. As Governor of Massachusetts, Everett had to deal with the problem of the influx of poor Irish Catholics into his state. In 1852, with the support of Horace Mann, another strong advocate of the Prussian model, Everett made the decision to adopt the Prussian system of education in Massachusetts. Unfortunately for the children and poor Irish Catholics of Massachusetts and elsewhere, the system produced a willing, cheap labor force with minimal reading and numbers skills. The Everetts of the world understood that people who could read and understand are dangerous because they are intellectually equipped to find out things for themselves, thus becoming a threat to already established power elites.
Shortly after Everett and Mann collaborated to adopt the Prussian system, the Governor of New York set up the same method in 12 different New York schools on a trial basis. Incredibly, within two weeks he declared the system a total success and took control of the entire education system in the State of New York. In a blitzkrieg action with no debate, public hearing, or citizen involvement, government forced schooling was on its way in America.
The Results of the Prussian System
The history of American education since the acceptance of the Prussian system is checkered with failure and elitism. From the time of John Dewey, who felt people should be defined by groups and associations and who believed that people who were well read were dangerous, to our own era, U.S. education has suffered. We have, in this day and age, the disheartening statistics showing 33 percent or our nations college graduates cant read or calculate well enough to perform the jobs they seek.
Working against the concepts and principles the Founding Fathers provided in the Constitution, the Prussian system has produced a gradual but statistically provable decline in literacy and intellectual capability of typical Americans. We can track the five different stages that American education has gone through: 1750-1852The idea of government controlled schools was conceived; 1852-1900It was politically debated in state legislatures; 1900-1920We had government controlled industrialized factory modeled schooling; 1920-1960Schools changed from being academically focused to becoming socialized; and 1960 to the PresentSchools became psychological experiment labs.
In the year 1941 the Defense Department was preparing for World War II. In testing 18 million men between 1941 and 1944, the Defense Department found 96 percent of those tested were literate. During this same period, among African Americans who were testedthe majority of whom had only three years of schooling80 percent were found to be literate. By literate we mean that Americans, both white and black, could read with understanding.
During the Korean War the Department of Defense tested three million men for service and only 19 percent were found to be literate. In less then 10 years there had been a 500 percent rise in illiteracy. Perplexed, the Defense Department investigated and found that the same test had been used during the two wars and the only difference was that those men and women tested during the Korean War had more schoolingat a significantly higher cost.
Twenty years later, around 1970, the same test was used at the time of a new war. Among the Vietnam draftees and enlistees who were tested for literacy only 27 percent were found to be capable of reading with understanding the material which they needed in order to serve in the armed forces. Again the major difference between American soldiers in the 1940s and the 1970s was more schooling for the latter group at a higher cost to the taxpayers.
Consider that the billions of taxpayer dollars were spent over the time period from the 1940s to the present increased by some 350 percent with totally unacceptable results despite all the increased spending. In 1996 statistics prepared by the National Association of Education for Progress showed that some 44 percent of African Americans could not read at all. The same set of statistics shows that illiteracy among whites has quadrupled. Incredibly, educating Americans continues to cost massive amounts of taxpayer dollars to achieve unacceptable and devastatingly poor results.
Manipulating for the Collective State
As education expert and author Beverly Eakman states in The Culture Wars: Americans bought critical changes in behavior, beliefs, and worldviews. By applying advertising and agitation in just the right proportions, our adversaries learned they could create a mob mentality and suppress independent thinking. Technically, this is called the science of coercion. If done properly, one can fool nearly all the people all the time.
Mastery Learning, Outcome-Based Education, School-to-Work, Goals 2000, Profiles in Learning all fads and educational trends put into operation in the nations school system since the late 60s and early 70s.
Now, those of you who have followed along thus far are asking: What does all this have to do with Emmanuel Kant, Hegel, Marx, the Frankfurt School of Sociology, Freud, Jung, Adler, Rogers and Maslow and the price of tea in China?
All these things are connected because they betray and explain a mindset. A worldview, a philosophy that seeks to shape humanity, the individual as a moral relativist, undiscerning, while building a thought pattern that denies or deconstructs facts even those in math and science.
Because children are not given the grounding by doing the hard stuff of learning, the memorization, the drills, the creation of pattern and discipline, they will never be truly free to THINK on their own. Without the base, the technique, someone will always be manipulating or recreating them according to the latest fad, trend or totalitarian frame of reference that intellectuals usually succumb to.
According to Bev Eakman, one of the techniques that the educational mind Gestapo uses is that Teaching techniques were OBE [Outcome Based Education] inspired: cooperative learning, multi-age grouping, minimal failures, constant retesting and remediation, teachers as coaches or facilitators, inclusive classrooms, and the vacuous mantra, All children can learn [at a high level].
The problem is that for most children, especially recent immigrants, inner city kids, and some rural areas, education is not obtained at a high level. Pew Hispanic Research claims that 75 percent of Hispanics graduate from high school. Meantime, American born black males have a 47 percent high school graduation rate. What this means is we have a home grown lower class that is ill educated and ill prepared in an era when college grads are flipping burgers and driving cabs. The outlook is not good and Obamaphone lady may be the new normal.
The cost to America of the under or ill educated cant be measured in just dollars and cents. While the economic cost is monumental as indicated by the $30 billion annual Department of Education budget and billions more spent by local communities, the lack of results for the dollars we spend is catastrophic. We are paying billions to maintain a system which is ineffective and dangerousbecause it is not teaching people the critical intellectual skills which are crucial to making economic and political decisions for themselves.
What is the answer? While the privileged class may choose to send its children to private schools, most Americans have only one option, public education. Public schools are the countrys largest employer and the largest mediator in contracts. Unfortunately, the public education establishment is so powerful it can outlast public outrage. Consequently Americans face a dismal educational future unless we insist on parental choice. Until then there is little likelihood that a Prussian inspired educational system will change and deliver the desired resultsa literate, intellectually capable citizenry.
First of all they're anything but democratic as they're tyranical collators of legislation that would completely fill the houses of Congress. They have used the Constitution as toilet paper and laugh at the illiterate electorate that keeps them thriving in their lifetime careers.
The Republican Party is worse! They abet this evil by never touching on the real problems in America that adversely affect everything in our daily lives as we march along to a future of nothing but pure misery.
This poor excuse for an alternative party has 'reached across the aisle' to their butt buddies far too many times in the name of 'bipartisanship.' They fail to recognize the enemies in our midst. Orrin Hatch, for example, continually referred to his good friend, Teddy Kennedy.
This mess that deliberately unfolded before our eyes on New Year's eve was a carefully orchestrated event that would elevate the stinking Democrats to problem solvers with the moronic excuse for a vice-president as the catalyst.
No elected fool has hit on the real reason so obvious to us who still possess a working brain: emasculate the central socialist government.
A pox on both parties. A legitimate third party comprised of Tea Party types would syphon votes from both parties which would be quite enough to run things.
The disgusting action last night is but a preview of things to come. With the gaggle of stupid Americans who vote the situation will worsen to the extent that the Greeks will be in a better position than the USA.
"My big moment has arrived. I knew I was kept on board for some unknown reason!"
That's a keeper.
“. The Everetts of the world understood that people who could read and understand are dangerous because they are intellectually equipped to find out things for themselves, thus becoming a threat to already established power elites. “
The Northeastern power elites would be more precise.
I read that the American literacy rate - the ability to read and write well - was 98% in 1890.
I’d guess that reading books, magazines and newspapers was the chief means of entertainment and communication was mostly done through letters, and that accounted for the high literacy.
[A pox on both parties. A legitimate third party comprised of Tea Party types would syphon votes from both parties which would be quite enough to run things.]
Beginning at the state levels where conservative governors must unite to stop their states from being plundered by the federal communist politicians and the democrat states who are broke and who should
be all disregarded and cut off from conservative states funds.
The democrat party is now the communist party, plain and simple
The Obama supporters are not STUPID. Just low-information voters. :-)
“A pox on both parties. A legitimate third party comprised of Tea Party types would syphon votes from both parties which would be quite enough to run things.”
BINGO!!! I’ve (and a few others here in Houston) tried for the longest time in the Republicaan party (within) to steer the nonsense from the elitist leadership, and not to much success...Some if us are looked upon as a threat to their status and power, and they are almost as bad as the opposition...
I do not believe we should give up, we just need to clean house and not put up with the cheerleading and other whimsical crap the leadership tries to foist upon us...
Time to stop playing nice and respectful and remind the knuckleheads we send to these elected offices that they are there at OUR behest, and it is time to send as many home as possible...
One in particular told me a few years ago that “You just do not know how things work in D.C. and Austin!!!”
Well, I told him that apparently it ain’t working in any case!!!
Unfortunately that nnumbnut is still sitting in high cotton in D.C. right now...
I’d love to pull the plunger and flush his arse right out of that job...
Don’t ask me what I would love to see happen to democrats at this point...
If you missed it, you are lucky, in a way. When I saw it, it had a very, very negative influence on my outlook.
It was sad, and filled me with anger. The arrogance, sense of entitlement, aggressiveness, vulgarity and open display of mob mentality was disturbing, to say the least.
McGuffey Readers were replaced with textbooks written and edited by leftist loons who believed their mission in life, as does the current socialist administration, was to create a nation of zombies.
This ‘woman’ has very similar counterparts in today’s South Africa where they elect members of the communist party to lead them into the abyss.
She is truly a gross, subhuman example of the gaggle who dote and vote for Bronco Bama!
“Why Americans Are Stupid”
How can that be?
Progressives consider anyone who swallows their line to be brilliant, knowledgeable, intellectual geniuses who understand everything about social justice.
An excellent concise summary on the historical case for how we got here in US education. The bit about the changes in literacy among military enlistees/draftees through three wars was especially enlightening. The author stated the case very well and those in education ought to stand in the judgement box for their choices and acts.
The depth of ignorance of “Obamaphone lady” is profound. That program was actually started in 1985 during Reagan’s term in office.
The education system has been so effective in dumbing people down that they don’t even know who to give proper credit to for benefits or proper condemnation for their plight.
So we have a third-world populace (Obamaphone sycophants)and they elect third-world leaders, Obama himself.
Detroit is our future if we can’t turn back the ignorati and the elites. Comparing us to Greece may be too generous, their population may actually be more informed and educated than ours, they actually show a tendency to want to solve their problems.
Not Detroitistan! We’re content to watch it slide into the sewer, blame the wrong people, and elect every fool that promises more government money to fix our problems.
We’ll get a wheelbarrow of money from the government, but that won’t buy one square of toilet paper, but we’ll elect the same clowns that did that to the dollar.