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The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

  • Our education system produces solipsistic, self-contained selves whose only public commitment is an absence of commitment to a public, a common culture, a shared history. They are perfectly hollowed vessels, receptive and obedient, without any real obligations or devotions. --Professor Patrick Deneen explains how kids have become a generation of know-nothings
  • Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016?
  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

Ray Williams, Psychology Today / Signs of the Times

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Sat, 07 Jun 2014 | There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It's the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility

Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism." 

Ray Williams is President of Ray Williams Associates, a firm based in Vancouver, providing executive coaching and professional speaking services. 

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Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016? Jon Nichols, Political Moll

  • “Read John Taylor Gatto’s The Underground History of American Education,” the high school teacher said to me at the end of the night.
  • What American Education Has in Common with the Dark Ages

 

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The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America, Ray Williams, Psychology Today / Signs of the Times

And the Oscar goes to… Denial, Oppression and Suffering for 2015!

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How would you feel if someone occupying your country, while ethnic cleansing your people, and systematically targeting your children gave free trips to celebrities as a way to cover up their crimes?

"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand up for much." --Marion Wright Edelman

Yet another #OscarsSoWhite

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February 17, 2016 | Oscar? You mean an Academy Award? 

Yes. Oh Yes!

You bet the answer is yes! Especially when the Oscar committee fills its swag bags for celebrities with $55,000 trips to Israel.

Why the sarcasm?

Because these trips are tools of manipulation.

These trips cover up crimes while building world support on the story that Israel is the true victim of the Middle East. That those pesky terrorist militant knife-wielding rock throwing Palestinians won’t let Israel exist or function like any other nation.

4PalKids is an international non-governmental organization with a mission to transform the lives of Palestinian children and youth in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Yet another #OscarsSoWhite, Scott Eric Kaufman, Salon 

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The Academy has a special talent for nominating all the white people involved in black films 

Slam dunk | Cop responds to kids 'disturbing the peace' by joining their game.

  • The Gainesville Police Department just delivered a powerful course on how to serve its community through basketball.
  • And wait 'til you see who they brought in for backup!

Doyin Richards, Upworthy

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When Officer Bobby White from the Gainesville Police Department in Florida decided to investigate a noise complaint from a citizen, all he found was a bunch of young kids having fun playing basketball. 

So what happened next? Did White yell at them? Pull out the handcuffs? Draw his weapon?  

Doyin Richards: First and foremost, I'm a proud dad to two amazing tiny female humans. After that, I'm a writer, a dreamer, a doer, a disrupter, and a fan of really bad professional sports teams. We owe it to ourselves and our children to make the world a better place, and I'm happy to do my small part to help. If you like my work here, be sure to check me out on Facebook and Twitter for more good stuff.

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