Thursday, August 11, 2005


LA SHAWN BARBER'S CORNER has some good points concerning the decision by the Denver Fire Department to "dumb" down their entrance requirements:

"Rather than shifting upward and expanding the pool of qualified black
applicants (as affirmative action was originally conceived) with the requisite
cognitive ability and skills, they'll shift downward to make the test passable
for black applicants, specifically. The first thing whites do when making these
decisions is appeal to the lowest element. And this is offensive to no black
person but me?

I'm not making this up. Instead hiring people with no criminal records
and smart enough to pass a firefighters test, they'll hire people with police
records and not smart enough to pass the firefighters test. My indignation
against this garbage is only one of many reasons black liberals take issue
with me. Their attitudes are most idiotic and illogical."

All I can tell La Shawn, THAT's WHAT I'VE BEEN SHOUTING since the 80s. Years ago, Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Education, blew the whistle on the Deliberate Dumbing Down of America with her book and popularized the phrase, although I am almost certain she was not the one that coined it since that was a report by the National Commission On Excellence In Education by the title of the Dumbing Down of America. A number of others have written about the DDD of America. One of my favorite commentaries came from a 2004 article by NEAL BOORTZ:
"I've come to the reluctant but inescapable conclusion that about 50%
of the adults in this country are simply too ignorant and functionally
incompetent to be living in a free society. They have enthusiastically
abandoned their sovereignty to the lure of the welfare state. They are, in
fact, afraid to be free. They have no working concept of the responsibilities of
individuals who would live free of government tyranny or mob rule. Their
ignorance renders them incapable of coping with the responsibilities of
liberty. These are people who cannot exist at anything other than a basic
level without someone else stepping forward to take care of them. They're
adult children. They need to and deserve to live in a dictatorship,
hopefully, for their sake, benevolent.

The real problem here is that the rest of us are constantly suffering
encroachments on our own freedoms to provide for the survival of the
ignorant. ... "

Back in the early 90s, my employer at the time, Tax Research of Houston and Harris County began a series of studies on this subject. One of our researchers coined the phrase, Academic Abuse to describe what was being done to our children by the academic community under the guise of higher order of learning. Although some states, including Texas under then Governor Bush, have made strides toward combating Academic Abuse, it is so entrenched in the mindset of our educators that it has been fought and undermined every step of the way.

As has been pointed out by La Shawn it has moved out of our public education, institutions of higher learning and is infecting the workplace. The cost of this "dumbing down" has been devastating to our minorities but also to our country until even our survival as a great nation is jeopardized.

The Dumbing Down of America is just one more reason that liberalism must not only be contained, but eliminated, as a political force.

You have a right to your own opinions - You do not have a right to your own facts!