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Dumbing Down America - What has happened to education?

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Published on Jan 8, 2017

Dumbing Down of America: What has happened to the education system?

"Any review of a typical elementary school textbook printed before 1910 shows dramatically that students were learning mathematical skills that few of our current students know anything about." - The Liepzig Connection

"A 1990 survey of college seniors showed that 42% couldn't name the dates of the war between the states to within a half century." - Dumbing Down Our Kids

Something's wrong. Are kids dumber now than they were 100 years ago? And if so, why?

Dumbing down is the deliberate oversimplification of intellectual content within education, literature, cinema, news, video games and culture in order to relate to those unable to assimilate more sophisticated information. The term "dumbing down" originated in 1933 as movie-business slang, used by motion picture screenplay writers, meaning: "[to] revise so as to appeal to those of little education or intelligence". Dumbing-down varies according to subject matter along with the reasons for lowering the intellect of the subject or topic. It often involves diminishment of critical thought involving the undermining of intellectual standards within language and learning; thus trivializing meaningful information, culture, and academic standards, as is the case of popular culture.

Philosophically, the term "dumbing down" is a relative definition, because what is considered dumbing down depends on the taste, value judgement, and intellectual level of the person involved in the matter. In Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (1979), the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (1930–2002) proposed that, in a society in which the cultural practices of the ruling class are rendered and established as the legitimate culture of that society, that action then devalues the cultural capital of the subordinate social classes, and thus limits their social mobility within their own society.

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Dumbing down wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumbing...
Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America - https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/...
The Dumbed Down Democracy - http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/26/opi...
Depressing Survey Results Prove the Dumbing Down of America Has Worked - http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/5...
The 2016 ‘Dumbing Down’ of America - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clarenc...
The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America: 7 Ways the Ruling Elite Are Making Us Dumber - http://wakeup-world.com/2016/10/24/th...
The dumbing down of a generation - http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opin...
Renowned Scholar Warns Common Core Education Dumbing Down Kids - http://themindunleashed.com/2016/03/r...
Now They're Dumbing Down the Colleges - http://www.americanthinker.com/articl...
The Mass-Dumbing-Down of America - http://moderndiplomacy.eu/index.php?o...
Dumbing Down America: The Decline of Education in the US as Seen From Down Under - http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/20...
The cult of ignorance in the United States - https://www.sott.net/article/313177-T...
Common Core's real goal? 'Dumbing down people' - http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/common-cor...

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