Wasted Minds

Saturday, November 1, AD 2014

The one material thing we will never run short of on this planet is human ignorance, especially among those who are considered “well educated”.

24 Responses to Wasted Minds

  • As these students might say, OMG!
    The fact that they don’t know who won the Civil War should squash the idea that Southerners (of this generation at least) still harbor long-held hatreds over the Late Unpleasantness.

    Otoh, I didn’t know what show Snookie is on.

  • Dumb, stupid freaking idiots! Liberal progressive Academia has achieved its purpose – youth educated into imbecility. This ignorance merits nothing but contempt, disgust, disdain and utter loathing.

  • Stunningly awful. These people know not to whom they owe their freedom.

  • “Who is our Vice President?….is that a trick question?” LoL! He’s right! That IS a trick question!

    Well folks….these children are a product of the public school system. Tax dollars hard at work to teach the splendor of anal sex and it’s protected patrons thereof…this is social justice! I’m sure these quality students know how to secure an abortion or call Christianity bigoted. These are Hillary Clinton’s favorite voters. Dumbed down just enough to buy everything the left wishes to sell them.

  • They all seemed like super-nice kids. But maybe they shouldn’t vote, so the rest of us can keep America going a little while longer, for their benefit.

  • But remember, Donald Rumsfeld was the real idiot because he didn’t know what ‘mojo’ meant.

  • If it can be a small comfort, I pop quizzed my 16 year-old homeschooled daughter all of these, as these questions came up (she was not paying attention to me or the video) and she answered them all correctly up to the Snookie question. She doesn’t know who Snookie is. (I am actually proud of that.. 😀 ). She did know who Brad Pitt is currently married to, but not previously. Maybe I should just give her her high school diploma now and call it a day – she obviously know more than these college students. LOL

  • With apologies to Mark Twain. Suppose you were a liberal and suppose you were an imbecile. But, I repeat myself, again.

    FYI. Hillary Clinton is the smartest (Elizabeth Warren is second) liberal woman on the planet. Of course, that is seriously a low bar.

    Instapundit reports that Charlie Rangel doesn’t believe Republicans won the Civil War. Being a pol, Charlie may be lying.

  • Schooling, seat time, and education. Which one is not like the others?

  • My homeschooled 14 year old got these questions right, but didn’t know who Angelina Jolie was. His public school friend got the Civil War and Revolutionary War question right as well. (They told me they knew of Snookie ‘cuz she was on South Park once.)
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    My dyslexic 17 year old is in a near panic over passing the ACT with at least a 24 composite (that’s the goal). He is also concerned about struggling with simple (is there such a thing?) quantum mechanics in his chemistry class. I should show him this. It will likely make him feel a little better.

  • Same over here.The removal of history from school curricula has meant that our kids don’t know where we came from, which means they don’t really know who they are.
    But I was pretty flabbergasted at the so-called young intelligensia – the future leaders of your country – don’t know their basic history like the American Civil War and the war of Independence.
    I wonder if the Political History majors from that university had the proper and true knowledge of their history, or has that been screwed to the liberal agenda? Probably.

  • “The removal of history from school curricula has meant that our kids don’t know where we came from, which means they don’t really know who they are.”

    Comment of the week Don! Take ‘er away Sam!

  • We are toast.

    Start brushing up on your Chinese…

  • For about the last 400 years, educated people had a sort of grand pattern or framework in which historical events were located – The fall of the Western Empire and the loss of the ancient learning; the christening of the new nations in the Dark Ages; the recovery of learning and the Reformation of religion, ushering the Modern World. These were the great milestones and they were seen as bringing about fundamental, irreversible change. This was the generally accepted narrative.

    Over the past century or so, this pattern has broken down. The classical learning is the domain of a few specialists and the most elementary knowledge of Christianity is no longer a common possession. Nothing in the past is seen as having any permanent influence or significance; history is simply « et puis…et puis… » [and then…and then] like the Merovingian chronicles.

  • “With apologies to Mark Twain. Suppose you were a liberal and suppose you were an imbecile. But, I repeat myself, again.”

    Borrowing. 😀

  • “For about the last 400 years, educated people had a sort of grand pattern or framework in which historical events were located – The fall of the Western Empire and the loss of the ancient learning; the christening of the new nations in the Dark Ages; the recovery of learning and the Reformation of religion, ushering the Modern World. These were the great milestones and they were seen as bringing about fundamental, irreversible change. This was the generally accepted narrative.”

    “Over the past century or so, this pattern has broken down. The classical learning is the domain of a few specialists and the most elementary knowledge of Christianity is no longer a common possession. Nothing in the past is seen as having any permanent influence or significance; history is simply « et puis…et puis… » [and then…and then] like the Merovingian chronicles.”

    Which is why we are doomed to repeat it.

  • “Who is the Vice President.” I wish I could forget Joe Biden also!

  • Taxpayers are getting cheated and swindled for their money. The taxpayers get to tell school administration to teach history, the unrevised, unvarnished truth.

  • The “story” is that public education has failed because many of its grads are minimally literate and, likely, innumerate (see John Allen Paulos’ books, Innumeracy and Beyond Innumeracy). I think this is by design and it’s working.
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    The state needs its educational apparatus to supply it with idiots.

  • “Doomed to repeat it?” The past is bad, while the future is always bright, right?

  • As one participant stated, “Oh, I feel so stupid.” Well at least she got that one right.

  • No wonder the Democrats can get away with accusing Republicans of being racist when blacks don’t even know who fought and died to free them, and fought the Democrat KKK and Jim Crows laws of segregation afterwards, and who voted in Congress in a higher percentage than Democrats for the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

  • Unbelieveable!
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    @the Old Adam, @Charlie, and @Bill: classic!
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    @Donald R. McClarey: Thank you!

  • Edward Radler Rice wrote, “”Doomed to repeat it?” The past is bad, while the future is always bright, right?”
    Recall Marx’s comment on the two Napoléons: “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” [Marx, 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte]