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
greenworx
6 years ago

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
6 years ago

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

-Dave

Bob350
Bob350
6 years ago

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
CalGirl
6 years ago

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 »

Dave
Editor
Dave
6 years ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Thank God my parents didn’t pack me or my two siblings off to a gubbermint skule.

And if you cannot afford a private education for your spawn (which are ostensibly the most precious things in your life), then do the world a favor, and don’t have children.

It’s just that simple.

-Dave

josephbc69
6 years ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Hello and Welcome, CalGirl! I read all yr comment carefully, as I left the US in 1969, and now know only Canadian teaching standards and methodologies. As a teacher-instructor here, primarily of post-HS students and adults returning for upgrades in applied horticulture and landscape arts, design, and construction, I fully understand your concern that what they learn is relevant to the real world, wherever and however they find it! It is VERY difficult to create tests that accurately measure what students recently learned, and even more so to retain whatever that may be five and ten years later. I strive… Read more »

Number 41
Number 41
6 years ago
Reply to  CalGirl

CalGirl, I don’t think you have studied Common Core enough. Many of the problems you cite with the present system will not only continue, but be exacerbated under Common Core, especially as related to pre-K to four years POST college (a.k.a. P-20) data mining by the two new, required, proprietary testing arms PARCC and SBAC. Follow the money? You mean the now hundreds of millions that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has dumped into the NGA, CCSSO, Achieve Inc., Pearson, NEA, Bill Frist’s TNSCORE and others to implement Common Core and call it “state-led”? David Coleman was a chief… Read more »

Jim
Jim
6 years ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Looking at this response it becomes clear that our collective truth has no basis in reality. Knowledge comes from work, problem solving and most of all desire. Having kids sitting in rooms listening to teachers (teacher = college graduate who is unemployable) criticise other people jobs creates a type of peer pressure that makes kids lose disire to work and problem solve. Additionally union & politics have made kids pawns. Give the schools back to parents, reduce the numbers going to college and never call a job a bad job, In many cases college is an evil mud trap that… Read more »

Trail Dust
Admin
6 years ago

Such terrible news. 🙁

Doc's Wife
Doc's Wife
6 years ago

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
Anonymous
6 years ago

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

Bob350
Bob350
6 years ago

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
exile
6 years ago

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

joandarc
joandarc
6 years ago

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!