The Future Looks Dumb?

March 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM (childcare and child protection, curious research, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, political atmosphere, social opinion, web gossip)

I was so stricken and upset by this one report that I had to read it a couple of times to be certain I was getting the message.  I realize that times are changing, and that there have been several suggestions that discuss the general downgrade of U.S. society.  This one story was particularly upsetting because of it’s detail, and due to the original location of it.

New York City is supposed to be one of the most cosmopolitan and intellectually progressive locations on the planet, or so I thought.  Perhaps that is the general truth, yet this one story screams toward evidence stating otherwise.  I was startled, shocked, to read about how efforts are being made there, which intend to shield the educational enhancement of youth students.

The New York City Department of Education is making attempts to ban certain words and phrases which are being deemed as sensitive.  I have not read just as to whom is deciding which words are more abrasive than others, yet I was startled at some of the selections that I saw.  Words like birthday, dinosaur, divorce, and religion are among the choices of words that are being suggested for removal from use within their schools’ standardized tests.

Administrators within NY Department of Education wants to ban words that people within their system have deemed as “sensitive”.  The words allegedly are seen as “controversial”, and and possibly unacceptable within public standardized tests.  The NY Department of Education gives term expressions such as hurricane, weed, and wildfire to describe phrases that can serve as double entendres.  Whereas the phrases presented on the tests likely are meant to display the words at their basic meanings, they can represent other social presentations, all of which are not good to be given within public schools.

However.   As schools are alleged to be institutions of learning, I can not see how blocking words and phrases from the mental collections of students can be a good thing at any level.  Students go to schools to learn, and the educators are at the schools to educate.  Many students are not receiving any levels of adequate education outside of school facilities, so why is it even being thought of to block attempts at enhancing the mental capacities of our youths while they are at school?

I read some of the words, and I do see where several of them do function at dual capacities, or more.  Yet, I thought that it was the function of the school to educate youths about various meanings, so that they do not wind up learning about them in darker, more dangerous settings.  I thought that the schools were supposed to teach, so that youths can grow up with acceptable intellectual capacities that allow them to know the differences between the ups and downs, the lefts and rights, the rights and wrongs of society.  How can this possibly occur when we have the actual public school districts making so-called legitimate efforts to shield levels of learning because of the opinions of a questionable segment?

I would encourage others to read these news reports, to watch news broadcasts, and to listen to related stories, so that what is happening can be absorbed and understood.  Just WHAT is happening here, and are we really going to allow it?  A dumbing of “America” was a curiously comedic statement, where many of those whom said it actually do see this level of activity on the rise.  It does seem where these manners of actions are taking place at increasing rates, while little is being done to spread the information, or to stop the crimes before they can be placed into standard action.

What's with all the teacher bashing?


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