American Elephants


Is Technology Just Making Us Dumber? Or Is It the Schools? by The Elephant's Child

Michelle Fields of PJTV walks the Washington Mall to discover the deep ignorance of the American people about climate change — and ignorant they are. But they are simply repeating what they have been taught. It is becoming a national disgrace. Reporters with microphones ask ordinary Americans simple questions that people should have learned in grade school, and they have no clue. We laugh, but it is not funny. It is a deep reflection on the state of our schools which claim to be teaching “critical thinking” but this is not the case.

A recent video showed  a man-on-the-beach session with mostly young people on a lovely day. The young people did not know who George Washington was, “the second president after Lincoln?”, or “someone to do with horses.” They did not know who we fought in the Revolutionary War, “France?” The Civil War was as much a mystery, as was World War II, or who bombed Pearl Harbor. What are they learning in school — only gender, race, and political correctness?

Everything has been politicized. Speaking about the Founders, or the Revolution has become a Republican thing, to which Democrats are opposed. You have one house of Congress, the current Democrat controlled Senate, wanting to revise or repeal the First Amendment. The Citizens United decision which allows corporations to donate, under the rules, to political campaigns. Democrats’ goal is winning at all costs, control, being in charge and important, and anything that might give Republicans the slightest advantage must be stopped, especially including free speech.

The world climate is always cooling and warming. It is currently not warming, nor has it warmed at all in 17 years and 9 months. Things like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, rainstorms are weather, not climate and are not caused by climate.  Climate is a statistic of average temperatures. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists do not agree that the “crippling consequences of climate change are urgent.” (John Kerry) The assertion that 97% of scientists believe that climate change is a man-made, urgent problem is a fiction, and is not supported by reliable research. And the polar bears are just fine.

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There’s an aspect of the human character– or at least the American Character– that gets overlooked in these things.

The “ask a silly question, get a silly answer” effect.

If a question is so obvious that even asking it is taken as an insult, about a quarter of high school students will choose a silly answer. Informal survey via my high school.

Time in the Navy supported it.

And there are always people who will take it seriously. When someone complained about how I was always bringing food and cookies and such and demanded why, I deadpanned that it was because I felt too fat and rather than loosing weight I’d try to make everyone else fatter than me. (“Why do you feed people” is a dumb question; because they’re hungry, duh.)
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She not only believed it, she spread it around the command for the next two years.

Comment by Foxfier

You’re right, of course, and thank God for the American sense of humor. I’d feel a lot better though, if I didn’t believe that this is exactly what most of these people believe.

Comment by The Elephant's Child




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