The dumbest generation is getting dumber

The dumbest generation is getting dumber

There are 24 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Jun 3, 2009, titled The dumbest generation is getting dumber. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

The Program for International Student Assessment is an international comparison of 15-year-olds conducted by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that measures applied learning and problem-solving ability.

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“low tolerance for stupid”

Since: Apr 08

Hampton VA

#21 Jun 14, 2009
Great Thinker wrote:
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Lets just say I have a great deal more to back up my statements than opinion or emotion. LOL. And I am not a teacher, I don't have the patience for that kind of work.
So this would be were you back up your statement with sources and facts.
Teacher Preacher

Newport News, VA

#22 Jun 14, 2009
Richard Harris wrote:
The public schools are a lost cause. Highly qualified teachers have educational capabilities that are barely above the students they teach - having graduated summa cum laude from a local university's teaching program I can attest that the quality of the professional teacher students and the university instructors was a joke...
Then God help us all if you are actually a practicing teacher and spreading your nonsense to students, Mr. Harris.

United States

#23 Jun 15, 2009
Think 1st wrote:
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Or perhaps the educational system is losing the battle for the "hearts and minds" of the student population to a culture and society that puts more emphasis on the cuteness of stupid and disparages real knowledge and intelligence.
I won't disagree that there is some waste in education and that there are individuals who do not belong. However, until someone can come up with a system that meets ALL the requirements that public education has to address, I'll stick with trying to reform what is already in place.
And I apologize for editing your quote, but I had to get it under the 4000 character count.
"Think 1st",

I would not have taken offense had you edited the entire commentary thus: "I think Professor Williams has made several good points for us to consider...."

I do go so far as to claim that this is part of our problem: "... the educational system is losing the battle for the "hearts and minds" of the student population to a culture and society that puts more emphasis on the cuteness of stupid and disparages real knowledge and intelligence."

Perhaps where you and I disagree the most regarding "reforming" the educational system is that I am no longer confident that it is possible "from within" and I am looking for solutions elsewhere. The solutions offered by Professor Hood seemed to be reasonable and possible alternatives to me.

Best regards,


P. S. I haven't seen comments from you for quite some time. Welcome back.


Newport News, VA

#24 Jun 15, 2009
Yolanda wrote:
my babys aways good in scool and tests because they smat babys but they cant go scholl no mo becase the pricipel he hate black chilrens an he kick tem all out and all an now i gots to hom schol them
Well you do have enough for a classroom.

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