I would like to respond to Leo23 and others regarding encounters with “dumb” people. These posts generally fall in the category of, “They Walk Among Us”.
Everyone enters life with different levels of intellectual potential. Logical-Mathematical, Linguistic-Verbal, Visual-Spatial and Musical intelligences are a few that have been identified. Not one of us is perfect at anything and the most intelligent among us do “dumb” things. We are, after all, human.
In my opinion, many of the choices and errors we make are caused by deficits of formal and informal education. Some of this can be attributed to our education system. I say this as a retired teacher, knowing there are thousands of very dedicated educators teaching our children.
However, some appear to be obsessed with social/cultural concerns. Here are three examples:
- Focusing on sexual orientation/identity at an early age.
- Trashing our national identity and history.
- And, most recently, promoting antisemitism.
Is there anyone who believes these are more important than the foundational skills of communication, math and logical thinking?
Recent data tells us only 23% of high school students are proficient in math while 32% achieve proficient reading levels. These statistics portend a dysfunctional society with a high percentage of unemployable individuals and the attendant crime, drug use and homelessness.
Following our formal education, many focus on entertainment (sports, movies, partying, etc.) with few taking the time to study the social/political environment in which we live. Don’t believe me? Watch one of the “man-on-the-street” interviews in which ordinary citizens cannot identify the most basic knowledge that leads to informed voting choices.
We appear to have lost sight of education as the great human equalizer. Using it as a social engineering cudgel is leading us down a very unhealthy path.