Have you ever seen the movie “Idiocracy”? It is a movie about an “average American” that wakes up 500 years in the future only to discover that he is the most intelligent person by far in the “dumbed down” society that is surrounding him. Unfortunately, that film is a very accurate metaphor for what has happened to American society today. We have become so “dumbed down” that we don’t even realize what has happened to us. But once in a while something comes along that reminds us of how far we have fallen. In Kentucky, an eighth grade exam from 1912 was recently donated to the Bullitt County History Museum. When I read this exam over, I was shocked at how difficult it was. Could most eighth grade students pass such an exam today? Of course not. In fact, I don’t even think that I could pass it. Sadly, this is even more evidence of “the deliberate dumbing down of America” that former Department of Education official Charlotte Iserbyt is constantly warning us about. The American people are not nearly as mentally sharp as they once were, and with each passing generation it gets even worse.
Holy crap, today thats college level stuff. To me this is proof that the whole dumbing down of america conspiracy is true! Absolutely true because if our standards hadn’t changed it would still be this way and obviously it is not and it has been so long that today’s education experts are also so dumbed down that they too have no idea that the advice they are giving out is in a sense stupid. They are part of the conspiracy without even knowing it. They just follow what they were taught and told. I have seen Idiocracy and its so stupid that it was annoying but I did manage to finish it and the way things are going these days, I could see it happening someday.
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