Why does our culture find it amusing, and even “cool,” to be dumb?
Dumb: Lacking intelligence or good judgment; stupid; dull-witted.
It was like that when I was in high school in the ’90s. If you failed or did poorly, you were “cool,” and if you got an A, you were ridiculed. Today we have great athletes, all-star football teams, all lauded by their teachers and peers, yet the “nerds” are just nerds and will get praise that makes for an awkwardly social atmosphere; yet the half-nerd will try hard to be praised by their peers as “cool” and choose the route of letting their grades slip to achieve it. The egalitarianism of public schools will continue to dumb kids down and level all capacities to one collective brain. Some nerds will make it, but most will be half-nerds seeking Moksha from nerd-dom.
Parents abdicating their duties will continue to produce children unprepared and unable to keep up with the expectation of their grade level. Hence, the introduction of “No Child Left Behind” and “Common Core.” These philosophies continue to cycle a steady flow of disgruntled 20-somethings in and out of temp agencies until they are middle aged and find themselves seeking the counsel of Joel Osteen’s best life now. These systems have failed and will continue to fail. Those who see it are pulling their kids from it (truthfully, those who read their Bibles should have already come to that conclusion). They are choosing to teach their kids themselves and are doing it well. Studies show that these kids are more than prepared for college academically, practically, and socially. But of course we are now again off topic……….