Dumming down the children....

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    This article presents plausible argument that our school children are being systematically numbed to reality. I am thankful that my schooling including field trips, the reading of novels and Greek classics, and extracurricular activities rather than drugs and electronic media meant to calm and entertain restless students.

    The teachers in today's babysitting institutions are real WIMPS compared to those in the days before drugs and electronics were made available to enable anyone to be a "teacher" despite their inability to actually teach.

    Asia Times Online :: How America made its children crazy


     
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    dumming?

    really?

    :rofl:

    dumming?
     
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    It's the opposite of smartitude.
     
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    I was gonna' give you some "sympathy rep" but it's too soon from when I last repped ya'!

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    Which part of this was "made up"?
     
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    Computers cause ADD?

    Do you think that the fact that teachers are not even allowed to raise their voices when discipline is concerned might be a factor?

    Do they still make those suckers called Dum Dums?
     
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    The Little Dummer Boy

    Barump a bump-bump...
     
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    Since I am married to a long long time teacher there is a case to be made that the dummies are willing participants in their dumbness. We often hear from old timers that things are different, often worse than when they lived, could there be a truth here? I love talking to older managers today and laugh when I hear how attitudes have changed. One told me lots of his yoots would be off this past Monday. Maybe laziness is a virtue today?

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/High-Tech-Heretic-Reflections-Contrarian/dp/0385489757/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8]Amazon.com: High Tech Heretic: Why Computers Don't Belong in the Classroom and Other Reflections by a Computer Contrarian (9780385489751): Clifford Stoll: Books[/ame]


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    "We have created an industrial order geared to automatism, where feeble-mindedness, native or acquired, is necessary for docile productivity in the factory; and where a pervasive neurosis is the final gift of the meaningless life that issues forth at the other end." Lewis Mumford

    "Rather than bringing me closer to others, the time that I spend online isolates me from the most important people in my life, my family, my friends, my neighbourhood, my community." Clifford Stoll

    "There is no escaping from ourselves. The human dilemma is as it has always been, and we solve nothing fundamental by cloaking ourselves in technological glory." Neil Postman

    "Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo: not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences." Lewis Mumford

    "By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed." Lewis Mumford
     
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    Right... back then, they just beat the s#%$ out of the little brats...
     

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