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Dumbing Down

5 Ways Acting Stupid May Be Smart

Pam Ferderbar | Posted 01.15.2017 | Comedy
Pam Ferderbar

The other day my pops read an article about why highly intelligent people sometimes opt to hide their intelligence, and he asked what I thought. I stared at him for a moment, poured myself a coffee, ate half a yogurt and forgot the question.

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student ...

37 Percent of People Completely Lost

Mark Morford | Posted 05.13.2013 | Comedy
Mark Morford

It is not enough to say people believe what they want to believe. They will also believe it in the face of irrefutable counter-evidence and millennia of fundamental proof.

Sputnik II: Relearn the Love of Learning -- Now

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Carla Seaquist

Not so long ago -- in that 1959-'69 span of the U.S.-Soviet space race -- the love of learning held sway.

Letter to a Whiny Young Democrat

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Morford

See what happens when you young liberal voters get so disgruntled and disillusioned that you drop all your party's newborn, hard-won ideas without giving them sufficient time to mature?

"Bankrupt & Clap-Ridden": The Ultimate 'Dear Abbey' Letter From Jack-Ass America

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Dear Abby: I am so confused and I don't know what to do.

Republican Faith-Based Politics: The Dumbing of America

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Republican voters aren't dumb in the sense that they lack intelligence. But they are childlike because they let others -- conservative media personalities -- do their thinking for them.

Are You Trying Too Hard?

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

When we face challenges, most achievers and slackers alike, fail to ask for help. Too often, we go off into the sunset like the Lone Ranger, and forget all about Tonto.

New York Times Leads Call To Illiteracy -- Will Shrink Allowable Vocabulary

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gerald Sindell

This country has been on a stupid vector for a long time. It's hard to tell when being inarticulate became as acceptable as being smart, but the notion has unfortunately gained traction.

Why the American Genius for Math Vanished

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gerald Sindell

Why can't little Tiffany learn to program? What happened to the American genius for math? I've been wondering about this for a long time, but suddenly...

Crimes Against the Soul of America

Caroline Myss | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Caroline Myss

The soul of America is exhausted, wounded, mistrusting, suspicious, fearful -- and compromised. This is not a soul that can rebuild a country.

The Obamas Are Making Us Smarter! Thanks Michelle & Barack for Stopping the Dumbing Down of America

Betsy Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Betsy Perry

Listening to a president hard-pressed to get a sentence out without a goof, I believe we got lazy. But now we have a very smart first family and I don't want to be left behind.