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4 years 32 weeks ago, 7:37 PM

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I aint much for essays. Yall know that, so this is gonna be as short as I can make it.

The dumbing down deal is pure bullshit. Our kids are just as smart and intelligent as any on the planet. What has happened (thanks to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and "Al Gore") is we have dragged the rest of the world out of the cellar and shared the wealth of information technology. My kids can grab a smart phone and, using the opposable thumbs GOD gave them, pull up more information than the best think tank in the world can memorize in a blink. Same as me back in the 70s fussing about memorizing multiplication tables when Texas Instruments had all of it in a 10 dollar calculator.
These kids are gonna run my world tomorrow and I gotta think that the blowhards are gonna get deflated and the real independent thinkers are gonna rise, just like always.

Yall have at it.

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4 years 32 weeks ago, 7:46 PM

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and baked Idaho russet potato 'on line' to bring my blood pressure down...Be back in a few to discuss this further.

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4 years 32 weeks ago, 8:00 PM

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I see our society as becoming very specialized. It's not necessarily a bad thing. But we are losing the invaluable knowledge of self sufficiency and, WSHTF, it's going to hurt.
Most kids couldn't tell you how cheese is made, or how to start a fire, build a lean-to. That sort of thing. OK, that's an extreme, I admit. But to a lesser disastrous situation, what about simple little things like learning to can, or even cook, to save money when times are hard?
You're right, Vaq. Kids are no less intelligent today than any other time, but their knowledge is in different areas and what they really seem to lack is wisdom, even after they grow up.
Again, not necisarrily a bad thing. The way things are now, they're better "tooled". But, if civilization steps back and they have to be more generalized, I don't know.

Like daisy, I have dinner to get to. I'll be back in a bit.

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4 years 32 weeks ago, 8:06 PM

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If SHTF

and all the "data" connectivity is lost, the slow, stupid backward kid in the back woods is suddenly "well equipped" to survive in a brave new world. (Probably wouldn't know the difference)

All we really "have" to know is right from wrong.

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4 years 32 weeks ago, 8:19 PM

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thingys and in minutes had it figured out enough that she was playing a game on it. I spent more than an hour and decided it was more trouble than it was worth.

If me and her parents do not educate her about the "Right" things she'll grow up ignorant of what the authors of our Constitution intended. She'll think everything is a "right".

How our freedom of religion comes as a result of religious persecution of our forefathers in England.
How our freedom of speech came about as a result of criminal penalties for disagreeing with the government and the crown in England.

Our kids probably have more potential (usable brain power) than us but we have to make sure they are aimed in the right direction with it.

Must teach them that it's their freedom, it's their job to preserve it.

iyaoyas

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