Friday, January 21, 2011

Why Are We Like We Are? Say it: You Don't Know (And Your Kids Are Just As Clueless)

If anyone needed an argument for why we desperately need to start teaching critical thinking in American schools, we think we've found it:

Many of the students graduated without knowing how to sift fact from opinion, make a clear written argument or objectively review conflicting reports of a situation or event, according to New York University sociologist Richard Arum, lead author of the study. The students, for example, couldn’t determine the cause of an increase in neighborhood crime or how best to respond without being swayed by emotional testimony and political spin…
This would be devasating to read if we didn't see the election of Barack Obama, where a man (brought to us by Oprah fucking Winfrey) who never clearly showed the country his birth certificate, his college transcripts - Hell, we couldn't even get a look at his medical records! - was swept into office by many young first-time voters, with no clue what kind of socialist loser they were unleashing on the country.

It is a cultural imperative that this situation change.

We have to equip these kids in how to think, not just respond, otherwise they'll be suckers - for politicians and fraud - for the rest of their lives.

And - after our decades-long experience with the Baby Boomer's stupidity - America's certainly seen more-than-enough of that.

1 comment:

  1. This blog post makes you look like an idiot for caring about something obvious and inconsequential.

    But that's okay.

    We're all stupid.

    Some more than others.