"The Dumbest Generation?"

Have we gone from "The Greatest Generation" to "The Dumbest Generation" in just a matter of decades?


Have we gone from "The Greatest Generation" to "The Dumbest Generation" in just a matter of decades?

I consume information from a variety of sources in an effort to stay informed. That includes the Carolina Journal. A book reviewed in this month's edition raises a simple question sure to stir discussion and controversy...are the youth of today "The Dumbest Generation?"

The book, "The Dumbest Generation," is written by Mark Bauerlein. In reading the review by David Bass, it appears Bauerlein argues youth today are relying too much on the digital culture they are immersed in for information and entertainment and that is killing their intellectual development.

Bass writes that Bauerlein says today's young Americans are "Ignorant of politics and government, art and music, prose and poetry and content to turn up iPods and tune out the realities of the adult world. They're brash, pampered, young, dumb and content to stay that way."

The book's conclusion is that this generation of young Americans is jeopardizing our future.

What do you think. Is Bauerlein on to something or way off-base and doing a dis-service to our youth by lumping them all together?

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  • by Krista Location: EKU on Oct 14, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    This generation has been made impatient by technology, we live in a right here right now world. Instead of leaving the house to walk 5 blocks to get pizza, we call and have it delivered. However just because you have something doesn't mean you use it, I myself grew up in the country were the horses didn't feed themselves and the work didn't magically get done. Some of us still understand hard work and when you come from a family of five kids you understand to share, you realize others are depending on you. Hard work never gets old and it never stops being rewarding but so few people see that, for it to make any difference. How can they though, when we shove wii and Xbox’s down their throats and use television as a baby sitter. Technology is our biggest obstacle to overcome, this is not a dumb generation, it is however a lazy generation and a selfish generation. Today’s teens need a reality check but they won't get it from a book, unless you make that book into a movie...
  • by Ron Location: NC on Jun 7, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    Could our dumber generations be because of their instructors...we, the adults?
  • by ace on Mar 22, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    You have generations of people having childern that someone elso has to take care of and the government is not making this responsible for their action. More childern, more welfare, ie. more income per month. I guess you could call it dumb like a fox untill the money runs out.
  • by please read Location: jamesville on Mar 12, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    i don't know who Tad is, but i like what u say.we are both from jamesville.i also like what u have typed about the jamesville extreme home makeover situation.so many people young and old are taking advantage of the system.and i too am fed up with it.
  • by Coach M Location: RMT on Mar 11, 2009 at 03:00 AM
    LOL @ Tad
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Mar 8, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    Oh and Greg, almost forgot, come now....
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Mar 6, 2009 at 09:31 PM
    No Greg, they didn't, in fact they haven't done anything. They didn't do any of the things that you mentioned. They also didn't invent the cell phone, the automobile, jet aircraft, space shuttles, computers, televisions, air conditioning, heat pumps or any other form of heating for that matter, ships that sail the high seas or anything else, good or bad. They also have found absolutely no cures or treatments for any illnesses that they would undoubtably suffer from if not for their elders. If the things that previous generations created, discovered, perfected and improved disappeared today these young snots would starve, freeze or cry their silly little selves to death.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    Did today's youth start wars we can't win in two countries? Did today's youth create financial instruments that have led to the second greatest decline in the stock market since the Great Depression? Did today's youth create the situation with healthcare shortages, HMOs, and the like? Did today's youth write multi-million dollar contracts for steroid-heads to play a kid's game? Did today's youth create a social security system that will in fact not take care of them in THEIR old age? Come now...
  • by shirley Location: Penna on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    Sorry-part of my comment didn't make it to N.C.--the other day I heard a teacher on one of the news stations talking about that we should get rid of cursive writing in the school because the children don't really need it any more--they have the computers-e-mails-texing-cell phones etc--we will have the dumbest generation if we let this happen in our schools--hope it never happens!!
  • by shirley Location: Penna on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    use of their cell phones-e-mails-texing etc --if we give up and the children can't even write their names to sign documents we will have the dumbest generation-don't let this happen in your schools..
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