The Dumbest Generation.

Interesting gallery of quickies from Boston.com.  I like this one, and this one (of course!)

UpdateIan Da Silva has some choice words for the author of the book. I’m not surprised. It’s a typical response from someone who can’t take seeing (or understanding) an opinion that’s different from them. It’s an emotional thing. The great thing about opinions is that everyone has one. Don’t like someone’s opinion? That’s ok, because you have your own. ;-)

Great discussion here.

3 Responses to “The Dumbest Generation.”

  1. Grant Walmer
    May 12, 2008 at 6:36 pm #

    Aren’t you being a bit hypocritical? You don’t have any facts to back up your argument. You just say that Ian had an emotional response to an opposing viewpoint. How is your response to him not an emotional response to an opposing view point. Seems to me like this book is just rehashing the fall-of-man argument that I’ve heard from every generation talking down to the next. All I can say is that generations priorities can change as technologies change. There is no reason to believe that our generation is any dumber than the ones before us.

  2. EricTheRed
    May 29, 2008 at 11:45 am #

    The observed “dumbing down” of the current generation has been the topic of a number of books, often with partisan underpinnings. Liberal authors like Susan Jacoby (The Age of American Unreason) blame conservatives who cling to religious dogma rather than accepting scientific truths. I tend to agree with conservative authors like Allan Bloom (The Closing of the American Mind), who blame liberals for creating schools and universities where there is no such thing as absolute truth (“What’s right for you isn’t exactly right for me.”), where political correctness stifles truly free exchange of ideas (“You can’t say that about x! It’s too offensive!”), where making judgments and discriminations (in the original sense) are verboten, and where students are asked to express what they *feel*, rather than what they *think*.

    Radio host and author Dennis Prager, who also espouses the above conservative view, points out that there’s a difference between knowledge and wisdom. All students can memorize facts, but we have created a generation being forbidden to think critically.

  3. Jose Manuek
    August 6, 2008 at 2:17 am #

    EricTheRed:

    You say liberals deny such thing as absolute truth, but right before you said that conservatives cling to religious dogma, instead of scientific truth (thus, this truths are the liberal position).

    “You cant say x!” Come on! The restriction of opinion is a classic of the conservatves, maybe thats why they are called conservatives.

    And finally there is a way in which you feel and you also think, both can be reconciled, even when they generate conflict in the individual.

    Thanks

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