Americans are getting dumber – in one graph

Jim Cramer for Zero Hedge, Sept. 25, 2013:

Another year, another record low for the average verbal SAT score, and another sad achievement for a nation that is getting fatter, dumber and ever more in debt.

~Eowyn

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greenworx
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greenworx

It’s not surprising is it? Remember the fellow on “Wheel of Fortune” who lost because the answer was “corner curio cabinet” and he mispronounced “curio” ? He later admitted he didn’t know the word “curio”. We have a country where many of those 40 yrs. and younger have not read the classics, or much of anything for that matter, and their limited vocabulary verges on illiteracy.

Dave
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Dave

And this is not an “unintended consequence,” either.

-Dave

Bob350
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Bob350

The dumbing of America is not an accident. Common Core will drive our youth further down the rabbit hole with little chance of getting out.
I would urge all to read about common core if you haven’t already and do what you must at the local level to stop this before it is too late.

CalGirl
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CalGirl

Whatdaya mean “Common Core” is a disaster? LOOKS LIKE whatever was before DID GREAT DAMAGE….look at the charts! Time to move on to greater than multiple-guess assessments. Common Core focuses on advancement to the REAL job world & college…..No longer will we test kids for random “Jeopardy” knowledge…most often stated on the test in the NEGATIVE (what does “not belong”…it’s a HUGE trick on the reader /testee..esp. one under stress & in a hurry) instead of the POSITIVE—like we ALL learn….teachers don’t TEACH in the negative…so why are we testing in the negative???? Common Core will teach and TEST in… Read more »

TrailDust
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Such terrible news. 🙁

Doc's Wife
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Doc's Wife

I just thank the good Lord that our four are out of school now. I worry for our grandson and what he will NOT learn.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Spreading the ignornace around– what left/liberals call “social justice” because knowing too much is elitist.

Bob350
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Bob350

Delaware the state where I live accepted $119 million dollars from the federal govt (DOE) for Race to the Top or that is what they were calling it the last time I looked. They accepted this money before anyone at the state level knew what was involved. All they wanted was the money. The strings attached were they had to accept common core in its entirety. I repeat the money was accepted before anyone knew what the requirements were. The state did not know and best of all DOE did not have the requirements completed so it stands to reason… Read more »

exile
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exile

I’ll say it again: Another reason to home school your children!

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most important and revealing post. Wow! the decline is absolutely incredible! I have one personal theory: people do not read very much anymore, which affects all of their skills. They are too busy texting using an inferior language with abbreviations, and too busy watching television programs that have little to no value. Terrible!