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So Much for the Information Age - Chronicle.com

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I teach a seminar called “Secrecy: Forbidden Knowledge.” I recently asked my class of 16 freshmen and sophomores, many of whom had graduated in the top 10 percent of their high-school classes and had dazzling SAT scores, how many had heard the word “rendition.”
Not one hand went up.
This is after four years of the word appearing on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers, on network and cable news, and online. This is after years of highly publicized lawsuits, Congressional inquiries, and international controversy and condemnation. This is after the release of a Hollywood film of that title, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, and Reese Witherspoon.
I was dumbstruck. Finally one hand went up, and the student sheepishly asked if rendition had anything to do with a version of a movie or a play.
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That instance was no aberration. In recent years I have administered a dumbed-down quiz on current events and history early in each semester to get a sense of what my students know and don’t know. Initially I worried that its simplicity would insult them, but my fears were unfounded. The results have been, well, horrifying.
Nearly half of a recent class could not name a single country that bordered Israel. In an introductory journalism class, 11 of 18 students could not name what country Kabul was in, although we have been at war there for half a decade. Last fall only one in 21 students could name the U.S. secretary of defense. Given a list of four countries — China, Cuba, India, and Japan — not one of those same 21 students could identify India and Japan as democracies. Their grasp of history was little better. The question of when the Civil War was fought invited an array of responses — half a dozen were off by a decade or more. Some students thought that Islam was the principal religion of South America, that Roe v. Wade was about slavery, that 50 justices sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, that the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1975. You get the picture, and it isn’t pretty.




The Bush Doctrine is well on its way for the dumbing of America. Soon we will have a bunch of jayhawks running our affairs oops too late, Bush has already been around the block

Let's hear it from Bruce, Multipurpose, bottomline1 and some others defending why this state of affair is good for us
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It's Bush's fault this guy teaches a class of dumb asses?
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It's Bush's fault this guy teaches a class of dumb asses?
No, it's the dumb asses that are churned out of schools with the "No Child Left Behind" that is what we are facing.
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You can't blame everything on bush/pussie.
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Ha ha, I knew that would get you going. I agree the system needs fixing, but it goes back a lot longer than the "no child left behind" Mantra.
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oh shit, I left the "Nugness" at the liquor store.
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oh shit, I left the "Nugness" at the liquor store.
Don't worry, he'll be there tomorrow when you go back.
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Ha ha, I knew that would get you going. I agree the system needs fixing, but it goes back a lot longer than the "no child left behind" Mantra.
Yes you're right but the scarier part is that THIS administration made it kind of chic to be dumb, it's kind of patriotic in a way...so they say
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Ha ha, I knew that would get you going. I agree the system needs fixing, but it goes back a lot longer than the "no child left behind" Mantra.
Did it start when Ketchup was classified as a vegetable for school menus in the summer of 1981?

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Yes you're right but the scarier part is that THIS administration made it kind of chic to be dumb, it's kind of patriotic in a way...so they say
Drew, you can't really believe that?
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