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For background, the Boston school system had for many years grappled with the problem of how to assign students to Boston’s public schools that could both let children attend one of the few good schools in the system while also finding one close to their homes. They also wanted to ensure that students from poor neighborhoods had the same chance of attending good schools as those from more affluent neighborhoods. The school system was divided into zones where many students were bused far from home but still attended the lower-quality schools. A newly-appointed 27-member committee tried yet again to find a solution but after months of examination and debate became hopelessly entangled in what were largely irrelevancies, and again could find no solution. But a 24-year-old Chinese student named Peng Shi who was in a Ph.D. program at MIT and who was looking for a thesis topic, attended the meetings, asked a few questions and gave them the obvious solution of eliminating their school zones and applying a different model for selection. After some study, the committee voted overwhelmingly to adopt Shi’s model, calling it “a breakthrough moment” for Boston’s school system.

According to an NYT article reporting on the event: “That it took a dispassionate outsider with … no political agenda to formulate the model is a measure of the complexities facing urban school districts today”, but that is a baldly dishonest statement. Yes, it took a ‘dispassionate outsider with no political agenda’ to solve the problem, but the problem was not “a measure of the complexities facing American school districts” but one more indication that (a) creativity, independent thinking, problem-solving and all the other good words do not in fact exist in the US educational system, and (b) adult Americans really are dumber than the average human.

After multiple repeated attempts over many months, the solution was not only not obvious but non-existent, to the 27 adult American “educators” who “lead the world in innovation and critical thinking”. But after only 30 minutes the solution was obvious to Shi, a 24-year-old Chinese kid, a rote-learning robot whose educational system taught him only to memorise and not to think, who knew only how to produce high scores but not to apply any knowledge, someone with no creativity and no imagination.[2]Dr. Peng Shi | USC CAIS;

www.cais.usc.edu/news/prediction-and-optimization-in-school-choice/
[3]No Division Required in This School Problem;

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/education/no-divi...m.html

We know all the criticisms. China’s children are taught only to memorise and not to think or question. They are rote-learning robots without capacity for original thought. They know only how to produce high scores but not to think. They have no creativity, no imagination, no concept of innovation. The classes are too large; there is no individual attention paid to students. The entire Chinese educational system is corrupt and failing. But this is all nonsense, yet one more foolish myth propagated by the Americans. There has never been any evidence to document such claims which, like so many others, are fabricated solely on an imaginary moral superiority.

America Leads the World. Or Does it?

The quality of American education, as we will see, is far lower than the world has been led to believe, and the quality in China is in many cases much superior to that in the US. Americans might care to ask why it is that Chinese elementary or high school students moving to the US are often promoted by one or two grades. The reason is that they know so much more than their American counterparts they would suffer terminal boredom if forced to remain at their prior grade level.

If we refer to the PISA tests, Shanghai’s math scores were 119 above the OECD average, or the equivalent of nearly three years of schooling, with reading and science exceeding the OECD average by about 1.5 years of schooling. And in some cases, the American students were behind the OECD average by approximately the same number of years as the Chinese were ahead.[4]What You Need to Know About the International Test Scores;

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/international-test-sc...379533
[5]Global Test Shows U.S. Stagnating – Education Week;

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/12/11/14pisa...3.html

The myth persists that the US has always led the world in quality of education, but this is nothing more than branding propaganda and part of the indoctrination process of American moral superiority that is wholly unsupported by facts. Consider this quote from an American education expert:

The US has never been first in the world, nor even near the top, on any international tests. Consistently over the past half century, American students have typically scored near the median at best, but most often being in the bottom quartile. The historical record indicates that American elementary students are only average at best, their performance degrading year by year until high school seniors perform last in almost all international tests. The International Science Studies that began in high schools in the late 1960s and early 1970s found that 14-year-olds were below average and seniors scored last of all countries. In the International Mathematics tests that began in the 1960s, American high school seniors scored last of all nations. In the 1982 International Mathematics Study, high school seniors placed at the bottom on almost every test. In terms of the PISA tests, American students – placing last – are simply following the pattern that has been consistent for the past 50 years or more.” [5a]Vietnam Wallops U.S. on Test Scores;

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/vietnam-wallops-us-on...290682
[6]Asian countries top OECD’s latest PISA survey;

www.oecd.org/…countries-top-oecd-s-latest-pisa-survey-on-state-of-global-education.htm
[7]In PISA Test, Top Scores From Shanghai Stun Experts;

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/education/07educa...n.html

The National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP — called the Nation’s Report Card — is an exam given to fourth-grade and eighth-grade students throughout the country by the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education. Only 36 percent of fourth-grade students and 34 percent of eighth-grade students in 2015 scored high enough to be considered proficient or above in reading. In math, 40 percent of fourth-grade students and 33 percent of eighth-grade students scored proficient or above. Many experts have stated that Americans are “uneducated to a degree unmatched by many third-world countries”.[8]National Assessment of Education Progress Scores

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/naep-scores_562...0fcf74

Recent tests in the New York area show that less than half of all students are proficient in English and Math, and in some areas the number is as low as 13%. This is true in most of the country, literacy being marginal in most American secondary schools. In an article published in the San Jose Mercury in 2001, it was documented that 75% of California high school seniors could not read well enough to pass their exit exams.

A quote from one news report: “In October of 2013 a new global report issued by the OECD found that Americans ranked well below the worldwide average in just about every measure of skill. In math, reading, and technology-driven problem-solving , the United States performed worse than nearly every other country… The US would have looked even worse if China had been included in this study. In basic literacy – the ability to understand and use basic written text – 80% of Americans reached only a level 2 out of 5. And in math and numerical proficiency, using numbers in daily life, they are worse … and 10% scored below level 1. Technological literacy and ability were worse too. In problem-solving in a technological environment and the use of “cognitive skills required to solve problems”, the Americans were at the bottom.” And that bottom is in math, vocabulary, language usage and technology, with Chinese students far surpassing the Americans even when using a language that is not their own.[9]The Washington, DC radio station, WTOP, reported in 2016 that only 25% of American 12th graders are able to write an essay.

Many educators called in to say they thought the number was too high..
[10]Scores for Class of 2014 show no improvement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/sat-s...y.html

In early 2014 the Washington Times reported that new studies and the results of the recent SAT tests demonstrate conclusively that the vast majority of America’s 2012 high school graduates aren’t ready for college, and SAT scores have plummeted to their lowest level in more than 40 years. The results of the exams, released by the College Board, revealed that only about 39% of students planning to attend university are in any way prepared for the world of higher education. More than 60% displayed functional illiteracy by failing the reading portion of the test, with only a slightly better result on math and writing, which means most US university students will achieve C or D grades at best, and that a great many will either fail or be falsely graduated without merit or knowledge. And the dropout rates are fierce. In Washington DC, the nation’s capital, almost 70% of college students fail to graduate.[11]Average SAT Scores Over Time:

https://blog.prepscholar.com/average-sat-scores-over-time
[12]SAT scores at lowest level in 10 years;

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/sat-s...y.html
The solution was to abandon the SAT tests for college entry.

I deleted this paragraph, then decided to re-insert it because the topic irritated me. We’re dealing with the English language, and listening to a senior American educator, a Ph.D. from Harvard, explaining why only 39% of all students who took the SAT college admissions test scored well enough to be deemed ready for college. In her little media sound-byte, she said this fact showed American educators where they needed to “hone in”. The correct expression is “to home in on”, as with a homing device, to focus on or bring us to the correct place, in fact to take us home. To “hone” is to sharpen, as to hone a blade, but for Americans who don’t – or can’t – read, the sound is similar and sloppy carelessness accounts for the rest. Critics pounced on this, but she and other ‘educators’ defended such a foolish error by claiming that language is alive and fluid, and it changes. To make matters worse, another shining light, this one an education expert from Duke University, informed us that our criticisms of poor-quality education (and educators) would likely “snuff out democracy”.

In spite of all the branding propaganda and rhetoric, the decreasing quality of American education is well-known in the West. It is not a secret that for many decades the US has been “dumbing-down” its education at all levels, consistently reducing government funding to result in fewer teachers, larger classrooms, poorer facilities, lower salaries and teacher quality, and steadily decreasing learning. One need only do a quick Internet search to find hundreds of studies and alarmed reports of the greatly-deteriorated quality of American education. As John Kozy noted, “In fact, piles of evidence reveal that Americans are getting dumber. People who have graduated from high school since the pocket calculator was invented can’t calculate in their heads, not even simple addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Many people addicted to the Internet have difficulty reading anything more complicated than a tweet”.

The propaganda machine focuses heavily on the mythical superiority of the American education system, but Americans haven’t the critical thinking skills needed to see through the lies presented to them. One author pointed out that American public schooling grinds away at children until they graduate with little creativity or curiosity, stating further that “Such people will never be informed citizens, and most could care less”. All of this has been heavily researched and documented by John Gatto, who was nominated as Teacher of the Year for New York State and New York City, and who has since left teaching, claiming he was no longer willing to harm children by teaching them in the US public school system.[13]John Taylor Gatto “Dumbing Us Down”

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/41319.John_Tay..._Gatto

In 2013, Jeff Schweitzer wrote an article in the UK Guardian titled ‘God created gravity’, in which he deplored the sad state of American education, to quite an extent blaming religion for the lack of intelligent focus, with subjects like science still in the 17th century in US schools. He said that while the rest of the world is becoming educated, Americans spend their time discussing how exceptional and awesome they are, with the result that Americans are number one only in delusion. “Steeped in this wasteland of scientific illiteracy we march ever further toward a theocracy … twisting history to indoctrinate our children with stories about god and gravity”, with educational debates, like all others based on faith rather than logic. He wrote that the only way for Americans to support any position they hold is to simply assert their supremacy as loudly as possible, reduced to childlike tantrums of “I’m right, you’re wrong, I win.”[14]God Created Gravity: Why the U.S. Can’t Keep Pace With …

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/god-created-gravity-w...387942

Because American schools do not demand critical thinking and problem-solving from students starting at a young age, the students are lost in university classrooms when they are years behind and struggling with the basics of reading and understanding. Many US educators complain that fewer than one-quarter of their students have any proficiency at all in basic skills like math and reading comprehension, that they are never taught original ideas or methods of learning that will prepare them for higher education. One educator claimed, “My former teachers simply did not push me to think past a basic level, to apply concepts, to move beyond memorizing facts and figures.” And of course the students feel the pressure acutely. One first-year university student said, “I basically thought I was stupid. I just felt like, What’s wrong with me? Maybe I’m not meant to be here.” Another said, “You can’t make it in college by yourself. You just need all the help you can get.” One student who felt blessed by having a good teacher in her final year in high school said, “I feel like it was too late. It just wasn’t enough to have that kind of teacher for one year.”[15] Only 25 Per Cent of All Americans Go to College and Only 16 Per Cent of These Actually Try to Learn Anything. The Unz Review; Alexander Cockburn • March 23, 2012;

https://www.unz.com/acockburn/the-myth-of-the-knowle...onomy/

And it isn’t only the students who are in this position. The New York Post ran an interesting article titled, “US adults are dumber than the average human“, which stated in part, “It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers.[16]US adults are dumber than the average human;

https://nypost.com/2013/10/08/us-adults-are-dumber-t...human/
Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test.” The studies also found that it was much more difficult on average to overcome the lack of knowledge, literacy and other barriers in the United States, than in other nations.

The article continued, “It’s not just the kids who require more and more preparation to get access to the economy, it’s more and more the adults don’t have the skills to stay in it. Americans scored toward the bottom in the category of problem solving in a technology rich environment, even in skills such as using a mouse”, creating a kind of “underclass – a large group of people who are basically unemployable“. And again, “A quarter of all Americans never become proficient in math. In Shanghai and Korea, the comparable figure is about 6%. Some 7% of US students reached the top two scientific performance levels, compared with an amazing 27% in Shanghai.”[17]US adults rank below average in global survey of basic education skills

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/08/us-ad...skills
[18]National Assessment of Adult Literacy;

https://nces.ed.gov/naal
[19]Adult Literacy in the United States.

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2019/2019179/index.asp

Rick Shenkman wrote an interesting and enlightening article titled ‘Just How Stupid Are We?’, in which he wrote “Americans generally do not seem to absorb what it is that they are reading and hearing and watching. Americans cannot even name the leaders of their own government. The error can be traced to our mistaking unprecedented access to information with the actual consumption of it.” He said that in the postwar period, social scientists began to systematically measure what Americans actually knew, and even back then the results of their displayed ignorance were devastating. He further claimed that surveys showed Americans’ level of ignorance remaining constant over time, and that by some measures “Americans are dumber today than their parents of a generation ago. Young people … know less today than young people forty years ago.”[20]Author: Irwin S. Kirsch; National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS);

https://nces.ed.gov/statprog/handbook/pdf/nals.pdf
[20a]Just How Stupid Are We?

[21] Terence P. Jeffrey, October 28, 2015; Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffr...icient

The situation is so bad that in 2003, when the Strategic Task Force on Education investigated Americans’ knowledge of world affairs, they concluded that “Americans’ ignorance … is so great as to constitute a threat to national security.”

But according to the NYT‘s resident jack-of-all-trades Paul Krugman, if you had to “express the greatness of the United States in one word, that word would be ‘education’.” Other more knowledgeable and competent people disagree with Krugman. Donald Kagan, a former president of Yale University gave a final speech in 2013 in which he said that American universities were failing their students, that the curricula were inappropriate and were “unfocused and scattered”, the campuses “a kind of cultural void, with an ignorance of the past”, and that “faculty with atypical views” were rare. Perhaps most importantly, Kagan said, “At the university, there must be intellectual variety. If you don’t have [that], it’s not only that you are deprived of knowing some of the things you might know. It’s that you are deprived of testing the things that you do know or do think you know or believe in, so that your knowledge is superficial.”[22]Learning to Be Stupid in the Culture of Cash; March 8, 2003; by Luciana Bohne

http://www.democraticunderground.com/articles/03/03...g.html
[23]On November 18, 2015, Christopher Ingraham wrote in the Washington Post that Ben Carson’s presidential campaign inadvertently underscored this point Tuesday night, when it took to social media to share a map of the United States in which five New England states were placed in the wrong location.

The man was precisely correct in this last statement, reflecting one of the hazards today of being an American, the programmed and propagandised uniformity of thought that deprives Americans of any way to test the validity of their (mostly) foolish beliefs. Such regimented and incessant propaganda provides a uniform reinforcement of ideology, creating impenetrable boundaries of the mind. The simple-minded adherence to a single ideology narrows one’s views and cripples the ability to think clearly or critically. As one author wrote, “a closely adhered-to ideology becomes a mental locality with limits and borders just as real as those of geography. In fact, if we consider (American) nationalism a pervasive modern ideology, there is a direct connection between the boundaries induced in the mind and those on the ground.”[24]https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/11/..._pop_b

Karl Weiss wrote an excellent and perceptive article that was published in Germany’s Berliner Umschau in October of 2009; I will quote some of his observations here. He began with the decrepit American educational system, stating “.. the education system in America is unlike that of almost any other industrialized country. Free education is available only at primary and secondary levels; beyond that, community and technical colleges and universities are so expensive that children in lower socioeconomic classes have little chance of attending unless they are “gifted” and get scholarships. The education provided by the public school system is often so inferior that graduates who can’t afford better schooling have little chance of ever getting the knowledge and skills necessary to lead fulfilling lives. Instead, the focus is on producing nationalistic dimwits who know nothing but their own country.”

He went on to say that one result is a deeply divided society with the capitalists and bankers on one side and the uneducated and lower class on the other, resulting in what he called “a society of force so shot through with violence that any other value has little or no meaning”, and with everything rooted in the Christianity-based black and white dog-eat-dog competition that creates only winners and losers. Weiss’ allegation of “nationalistic dimwits” is not only accurate for the US educational system, but the process is universal throughout the nation. Educational materials in the US are largely propaganda tools, intended not to educate but to indoctrinate.

In the wonderfully disingenuous but disturbing manner of propagandising in which Americans excel, one educational website made the following claim: “While lawyers, doctors, and teachers typically complete additional schoolwork, computer programmers, nurses, and automotive technicians may be qualified with only one or two years of study”.

Doctors “typically” complete “additional schoolwork”? That sounds like some, but not all, medical students doing a bit of extra homework at the Grade Three level, but doctors in most countries need an undergrad degree plus an additional four years of grueling medical training to become an M.D., and yet this is being equated with an auto mechanic who may be qualified with only one year of study. This re-categorisation may appear trivial to the casual reader, but this anti-intellectual linguistic magic is reprogramming Americans with a much-denigrated appreciation of a university education. Now, an American hairdresser and manicurist is trained to the same level of competence as a gynecologist – except for the bit of “additional schoolwork”. And only in the US can a nurse be “qualified” with only one year of study. Many countries require a 4-year nursing degree.

The amount of mythological propaganda and marketing surrounding American education is stunning. Shailendra Raj Mehta, a visiting professor at Duke University, wrote one of the most nonsensical articles I have seen in years, titled ‘The secret of Harvard’s Success’, in which he wrote “No country dominates any industry as much as the United States dominates higher education”. According to him, in a ranking of world universities, 17 of the world’s 20 best universities are American, with Harvard topping the list by a substantial margin, a feat he attributes to “America’s innovative governance model for higher education“. I have no idea what that would be, but it can’t be good. As I’ve detailed elsewhere, Harvard was established by the Puritans as a religious training camp to produce missionaries for their heresies, not to “educate” anybody. And, as with all rankings everywhere, the Americans choose the game, set all the parameters, lay down the rules, decide the scoring system, then win the game. And the US media promote this nonsensical propaganda literally to the ends of the earth. American universities are not ranked so highly because they are the best; it’s because the Americans determined the ranking rules so they would come out on top.

In fact, in a recent, more intelligent and less-biased, examination of higher education systems, China ranked ninth, six places above the US. Universitas 21, a group of 27 research-intensive universities from around the world, created an international ranking system of educational quality based on national purchasing power. A leading Universitas researcher said that despite a relatively low per capita income, China had made a “phenomenal” investment in its top universities, resulting in Chinese universities now being “serious players” in research and other fields.

Here is an excerpt written by Sarah Brown, taken from Canada’s Globe and Mail, in response to an NYT article about Harvard students always receiving A grades:

“Having attended both Harvard and the University of Toronto, I can state that there are two differences between the schools: Harvard is much more difficult to get into, whereas the University of Toronto is much more difficult to get out of – with a degree and decent grades, that is. At Harvard, undergraduates have to take only four full-time courses per year to earn a degree, and they have a longer school year in which to prepare for their exams. At U of T, five full-time courses must be taken, and the school year is much more condensed. The atmosphere at Harvard is quite “country-clubish” and leisurely, while at U of T it is a downright pressure-cooker. At U of T there is an unwritten policy that 20 per cent of the students in every class will receive a failing grade. At Harvard, most students receive a minimum of A- grades. In fact, to receive anything less than a B, one would have to miss exams and not hand in assignments. As far as getting into Harvard goes, the most significant factor is whether or not you are a so-called “legacy,” meaning that if your father, mother, or sibling went to Harvard before you, you can still get in, as hundreds do, with mediocre high school grades. I’m not surprised that current Harvard students feel that they deserve A’s for their $100,000 investment; if they were forced to compete with students at the U of T, many would receive only C’s at best.” And many would fail.

Dumber Than the Average Human

When I was a university student, there were Americans at my school who had obtained B.A. degrees from UCLA with majors in – and I am not kidding – basket-weaving and ceramics. In America, that’s called an education. Basket-weaving. That’s about the same being granted a Master’s degree if you can learn to knit a sweater. At around the same time, a US polling firm did a nation-wide study and discovered, among other things, that a full 75% of Americans could not find their own country on a map of the world. Similar studies have been repeated many times since then, with essentially the same results among adults and students at all levels including university: about 75% of Americans couldn’t find either their country or Canada. One of the most famous references to this astonishing level of American ignorance occurred on US national television during a Miss Teen USA pageant when one of the finalists, Miss South Carolina, Caitlin Upton, was asked why most Americans couldn’t find their country on a world map. Here is her answer, which was posted on YouTube and received more than 40 million views.

“I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as, uh, South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the US should help the US, uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children.”[25]Caitlin Upton

If that doesn’t tell you what you need to know about the quality of American education, I don’t know what would. It isn’t only the ignorance, but the obvious functional illiteracy of such a person, that is so stunning.[26]In another televised beauty pageant, a high school girl was asked to explain a quote by Confucius. In response, she said: “Confucius was one of the men who invented confusion.”

The American media flood the nation and the world with the most astonishing propaganda and fabricated fairy-tales about the quality of the nation’s education. The US used to boast that it had the highest percentage of population with university degrees. I don’t know if that claim was ever true, but it eventually became false so the Americans moved the goalposts. Now, in all the statistics, including those by the US government itself, anyone with almost any kind of accreditation above High School, perhaps including even a hairdressing or lawn maintenance diploma – which they call an “associate degree” is listed as a college graduate.

Similarly, the US claims the highest level of literacy in the world – 99%. Truly enviable. But then, reading the small print at the end of a recent highly-regarded “definitive study” purporting to document American educational supremacy, what do we find? Just as with its economic statistics and every other comparison the US produces, we discover manipulated and falsified data. In these so-called studies produced by the US government and its educational institutions, the Americans simply misrepresented the facts so they could place themselves at the top of the list. In the case of functional literacy, the US position is this:

“For highly developed or high-income countries where literacy statistics were not collected, a rate of 99% was assumed.”

We might legitimately ask why the Americans didn’t bother to collect statistics. The reason is that in all studies, researchers have found the rate of functional illiteracy in the US is almost 25% of the total population, with the illiteracy rate for adults in many American cities like Detroit having been documented at almost 50%, a very long way from the fictional 99% literacy ‘assumed’, and in many other major cities like New York large swathes of the population read below a grade three level and have no math or other skills. The highly-regarded National Adult Literacy Survey found a total of almost 25%, or about 50 million of the 200 million American adults functioning at the lowest literacy level. In basic literacy – the ability to understand and use basic written text – 80% of Americans reached only a level 2 out of 5. It is so bad that 75% of the Fortune 500 companies have to provide some level of remedial training for their workers – a large number of whom are college graduates.[27]An article in Forbes magazine stated that “America’s Millennials Are Among the World’s Least Skilled”. Specifically, they are short on literacy, numeracy, ability to follow simple orders, poor at solving problems.

Countless books and academic studies have been produced on the severe literacy problem in America, but the media ignore these facts and continue, like Paul Krugman, to feed the world the foolish utopian claim that the US is a world leader in education when nothing could be farther from the truth.

More than 25% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the earth, but one US columnist wrote that this wasn’t really a bad thing. He claimed, “Firstly, the great majority of humans throughout history have believed this. Secondly, it’s not a problem that impinges on the daily life of anyone. We should pick co-ordinates for convenience, not dogma.”

Talking to Americans

Canada had a popular TV personality named Rick Mercer, who took a camera crew into the US on a crusade to satirise the true educational level of Americans. One of his trademark programs (on Canada’s CBC network) was called ‘Talking to Americans’, in which he would conduct random interviews with average Americans and tell them outrageous stories about Canada which they would inevitably accept as true. In one show, Mercer told Americans that very old or terminally-ill Canadian citizens are put onto ice floes and just pushed out into the Arctic Ocean to die. He pretended to be collecting signatures for a petition to the Canadian government to stop this practice; the signatures he obtained included those of full professors from Harvard and Yale.

In another, he interviewed George W. Bush (who had previously stated “you can’t stump me on world leaders”), conveying to him compliments from Canada’s Prime Minister Jean Poutine, on Bush’s Presidential candidacy, to which Bush responded with the warmest expressions of heartfelt gratitude.[28]Talking to Americans – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talking_to_Americans
[29]22 Minutes star pulls prank on George W. Bush | CBC News

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/22-minutes-star-pulls...212339
The Prime Minister of Canada was Jean Chretien; “poutine” is a French-Canadian dish of French fries with gravy and melted cheese. Bush was so miffed when the program aired, that Canada’s CBC was banned in the US for years.

In one of his shows, Mercer asked Americans how many sides a triangle had: One victim of American education said, “None. There are no sides in a triangle.” Another said “Four.” He asked them if the movie “Star Wars” were based on a true story; many Americans answered in the affirmative. It was so bad that Mercer claimed “About 80 per cent of the people give me the right answer, by which of course, I mean the wrong answer.” Mercer convinced tourists at Mount Rushmore that the mineral rights to the mountain had been sold to a Canadian firm that was going to drill for oil in Lincoln’s forehead. “Professors at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, NYU and Stanford University were consistently fooled by [Mercer’s] absurdities.”[30]“Rick Mercer talks to Americans on Nightline”. Welland Tribune, August 2, 2001.

The Myth of America Meritocracy

It isn’t only Canadians who mock American ignorance and lack of education. The US late-night talk shows often do this kind of thing, ridiculing the fabled ignorance of their own citizens, claiming that they need to speak to only ten or at most twenty Americans to find 5 stupid ones who know nothing – 25%. This is so well-known that in Europe, ‘American’ equals ‘ignorant’, the two adjectives considered equivalent and synonymous.

Ron Unz wrote an excellent and informative article in The American Conservative titled The Myth of American Meritocracy, in which he detailed issues with admission to top US universities, quoting other studies as well, all of which suggest that various preferences and biases, including the role of cash in this process, with most universities, including Harvard, having a ‘cash price’ of admission, meaning that a substantial donation will obtain admittance even for a dim-witted student with no particular ability.[31]https://www.unz.com/runz/the-myth-of-american-meritocracy/

He wrote that the notion of a wealthy family buying their son his entrance into the Grandes Ecoles of France or the top Japanese universities would be an absurdity.” He mentioned China as well, confirming that China’s gaokao is strictly based on merit and has never been corrupted by favoritism, and has been kept “remarkably clean for 1300 years”. He confirmed what many of us already know, that this uncorrupted system may be one reason so many wealthy Chinese send their “dim and lazy” offspring to study in the West. In his words, “enrolling them at a third-rate Chinese university would be a tremendous humiliation, while our own corrupt admissions practices get them an easy spot at Harvard or Stanford, sitting side by side with the children of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and George W. Bush.” One of his final comments was that the admissions process at top American universities operates under the principle of “Ideology and Diversity tempered by Corruption”, not what many Chinese have been led to expect from the propaganda machine.

It should be abundantly obvious that there is no way to reconcile these testimonials and experiences, and countless thousands similar, with claims that the US ‘dominates higher education’, at least not in any positive way. And so, with appropriate apologies to Paul Krugman, for those of you who are desperate to “express the greatness of America in one word”, that word would be “bull****”, not education.

[Mr. Romanoff’s writing ]has been translated into 32 languages and his articles posted on more than 150 foreign-language news and politics websites in more than 30 countries, as well as more than 100 English language platforms. Larry Romanoff is a retired management consultant and businessman. He has held senior executive positions in international consulting firms, and owned an international import-export business. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, presenting case studies in international affairs to senior EMBA classes. Mr. Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing a series of ten books generally related to China and the West. He is one of the contributing authors to Cynthia McKinney’s new anthology ‘When China Sneezes’. ([Chapt. 2 — Dealing with Demons]).

His full archive can be seen at

https://www.bluemoonofshanghai.com/ + https://www.moonofshanghai.com/

He can be contacted at:

[email protected]

Notes

[1] Dr. Andreas Schleicher who was in charge of the PISA test on behalf of OECD, said “While that’s important, for me the real significance of these results is that they refute the commonly held hypothesis that China just produces rote learning. Large fractions of these students extrapolate from what they know and apply their knowledge very CREATIVELY in novel situations. In my opinion, it’s the American k-12 education which has failed miserably in teaching the American students the solid basics, has to be reformed.”

He also added this: “I have no respect for a large number of the Chinese students who come to U.S. for UNDERGRADUATE study. Most of these students are from well-off families and academically too weak to get into decent Chinese colleges. The real smart Chinese students are the ones who finish their undergraduate education in China and come to the U.S. for graduate study and beyond.”

[2] Dr. Peng Shi | USC CAIS;

www.cais.usc.edu/news/prediction-and-optimization-in-school-choice/

[3] No Division Required in This School Problem;

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/education/no-division-required-in-this-school-problem.html

[4] What You Need to Know About the International Test Scores;

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/international-test-scores_b_4379533

[5] Global Test Shows U.S. Stagnating – Education Week;

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/12/11/14pisa-2.h33.html

[5a] Vietnam Wallops U.S. on Test Scores;

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/vietnam-wallops-us-on-tes_b_7290682

[6] Asian countries top OECD’s latest PISA survey;

www.oecd.org/…countries-top-oecd-s-latest-pisa-survey-on-state-of-global-education.htm

[7] In PISA Test, Top Scores From Shanghai Stun Experts;

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/education/07education.html

[8] National Assessment of Education Progress Scores

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/naep-scores_562fd4fde4b06317990fcf74

[9] The Washington, DC radio station, WTOP, reported in 2016 that only 25% of American 12th graders are able to write an essay.

Many educators called in to say they thought the number was too high..

[10] Scores for Class of 2014 show no improvement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/sat-scores-for-class-of-2014-show-no-improvement-from-previous-marks/2014/10/06/80beb554-4d5b-11e4-aa5e-7153e466a02d_story.html

[11] Average SAT Scores Over Time:

https://blog.prepscholar.com/average-sat-scores-over-time

[12] SAT scores at lowest level in 10 years;

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/sat-scores-at-lowest-level-in-10-years-fueling-worries-about-high-schools/2015/09/02/6b73ec66-5190-11e5-9812-92d5948a40f8_story.html

[13] John Taylor Gatto “Dumbing Us Down”

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/41319.John_Taylor_Gatto

[14] God Created Gravity: Why the U.S. Can’t Keep Pace With …

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/god-created-gravity-why-t_b_4387942

[15] Only 25 Per Cent of All Americans Go to College and Only 16 Per Cent of These Actually Try to Learn Anything. The Unz Review; Alexander Cockburn • March 23, 2012;

https://www.unz.com/acockburn/the-myth-of-the-knowledge-economy/

[16] US adults are dumber than the average human;

https://nypost.com/2013/10/08/us-adults-are-dumber-than-the-average-human/

[17] US adults rank below average in global survey of basic education skills

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/08/us-adults-rank-below-average-global-survey-basic-education-skills

[18] National Assessment of Adult Literacy;

https://nces.ed.gov/naal

[19] Adult Literacy in the United States.

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2019/2019179/index.asp

[20] Author: Irwin S. Kirsch; National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS);

https://nces.ed.gov/statprog/handbook/pdf/nals.pdf

[20a] Just How Stupid Are We?

[21] Terence P. Jeffrey, October 28, 2015; Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/detroit-public-schools-93-not-proficient-reading-96-not-proficient

[22] Learning to Be Stupid in the Culture of Cash; March 8, 2003; by Luciana Bohne

http://www.democraticunderground.com/articles/03/03/08_learning.html

[23] On November 18, 2015, Christopher Ingraham wrote in the Washington Post that Ben Carson’s presidential campaign inadvertently underscored this point Tuesday night, when it took to social media to share a map of the United States in which five New England states were placed in the wrong location.

[24] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/11/18/ben-carsons-campaign-made-a-u-s-map-and-put-a-bunch-of-states-in-the-wrong-place/?tid=pm_pop_b

[25] Caitlin Upton

[26] In another televised beauty pageant, a high school girl was asked to explain a quote by Confucius. In response, she said: “Confucius was one of the men who invented confusion.”

[27] An article in Forbes magazine stated that “America’s Millennials Are Among the World’s Least Skilled”. Specifically, they are short on literacy, numeracy, ability to follow simple orders, poor at solving problems.

[28] Talking to Americans – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talking_to_Americans

[29] 22 Minutes star pulls prank on George W. Bush | CBC News

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/22-minutes-star-pulls-prank-on-george-w-bush-1.212339

[30] “Rick Mercer talks to Americans on Nightline”. Welland Tribune, August 2, 2001.

The Myth of America Meritocracy

[31] https://www.unz.com/runz/the-myth-of-american-meritocracy/

 
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  1. Fred777 says:

    It would have been less embarrassing had they just asked South Carolina to point out the US on a map.

  2. RestiveUs says:

    Meanwhile, a poster here at TUR recently offered a video of a Chinese pedestrian getting clipped by an automobile on a busy crosswalk and lying on the pavement in plain view as countless others walked by without pause. She finally gets run over by by a driver who obviously was oblivious to the road in front of him. Maybe Romanoff should write an article on comparative common sense among nations.

    • Replies: @Passing By
    , @Realist
  3. IronForge says:

    Can’t fix the Stupid.

    Adding Insult to Injury –

    A) Ivy League Schools are mostly run by a Jewish Dean; and their Baccalaureate Program Students are 20% Jewish;

    B) Service Academies are so bent on “Diversity and Equity” and NCAA Football Publicity – they’re compromised beyond repair. “General Engineering” (which every Grad qualifies for) and “Physical Sciences/Oceanography” were the remedial degree majors available for those who fail out of real Engineering and Physics/Chem/Math/CompSci Programs. IMHO, They should have been kicked out; but the Selection Process is Expensive; and Football/Sports and Race Quotas were always sustained. E.g., they can’t find 200 Young Black Men and Women (4 per State – repeat, Four) who are willing to sign up and have ≥600Math(minimum to graduate, IMHO) on their SATs.

    There are a surprising number of Humanities (aka “Bull”) Majors and the “Remedials” who obtain higher GPAs and Class Billet Selection Orders; but Fail Out of Nuclear Power or Flight Schools.

    We have a combination of “Camp of the Saints” and “Marching Morons” being enacted in ‘Murica.

    I’m planning to permanently leave ‘Murica in the near future. If I do decide to have a Family, I will take on a “Non-Murican” Wife; and NEVER send my Children to ‘Murican Universities.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  4. Ace says:

    Canadian seniors aren’t pushed into the Arctic Ocean on ice floes to die. They’re put on a waiting list for treatment in the Canadian health care system and then they die. All at no charge to them.

    • Agree: Reverend Goody
    • LOL: Realist
    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @showmethereal
  5. Everything simply every thing in US is for sale

    • Replies: @Joe Wong
    , @Realist
  6. KB2 says:

    Some wonder why it was so easy to convince many people that there was a terrible virus out there and that they needed to line up for experimental gene therapy to stay safe and save granny. I tried to explain to various persons why the mrna shots did not work like traditional vaccines and were dangerous but it just did not compute.

    I taught for many years at various universities and saw the decline in general knowledge and the lack of concern about it in students. But all courses were evaluated by the students and professors were at the mercy of the worst, most lacking in knowledge students who would give a bad evaluation if you gave accurate feedback on their work or even failed them. The administrative class deliberately used these evaluations to make sure almost all students passed. A couple of poor evaluations and you were taken off the course. Some professors were quickly promoted due to great evaluations from students who rarely attended class.

  7. Alrenous says: • Website

    They also wanted to ensure that students from poor neighborhoods had the same chance of attending good schools as those from more affluent neighborhoods.

    Calling a spade a spade, they wanted to prove that the dumb students weren’t dumb, because they’re radical zealots of the religion that ought to be called Egalitarianism. Trying to prove physics wrong didn’t work.

    The entire Chinese educational system is corrupt and failing.

    It’s a fact of peer-reviewed science that schools don’t produce education, so even if it is, it doesn’t matter.

    At best, schools expend time that could be spent on accruing money or wisdom.

    It is not a secret that for many decades the US has been “dumbing-down” its education at all levels

    Irrelevant.
    Not irrelevant: the average IQ has dropped about 15 points since 1850. Of course IQ in China is dropping for the same reasons. They’re already dumber than Englishmen were in 1850.
    Also “America” isn’t the correct category, since it mixes up the imported low-IQ human traffick with the natives. Current “American” IQ is more than 15 points below American IQ in 1850.

    Because American schools do not demand critical thinking and problem-solving from students starting at a young age

    Government schools can’t teach it even if they wanted to. And they never did.

    Indeed I’m pretty sure the only person with a working critical-thinking course is me. Certainly, there is no reason to believe anyone else has one.
    It’s extremely labour-intensive. More like a gym schedule than a reading schedule.

    doctors in most countries need an undergrad degree plus an additional four years of grueling medical training to become an M.D.

    Not that this is necessary, or even helpful. They still don’t wash their hands. Sammelweiss BTFO.
    Mainly it’s about paying off the Medicine Guild. AMA gotta get paid.

    If you want real doctors what you do is use an expert system.
    It’s actually been known since at least the 1800s that doctoring, 99% of the time, is a blue-collar profession. Some lab rat can enter symptoms into a computer, the computer then outperforms all but the very best doctors. Doesn’t have any hands it can fail to wash, which is a nice bonus.

    The AMA hates that, of course. The whole point of the AMA is to be a cartel. Allowing blue-collar doctors damages the prestige of the guild members by association. Can’t have that.

    Similarly, the US claims the highest level of literacy in the world – 99%.

    Level 1 literacy. You need level 3 literacy to comfortably read newspapers, and less than half of America reaches that standard. A majority don’t read signs – because it’s too hard.
    If you do the same test in China, it will only be moderately better.

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    , @Poupon Marx
  8. In the early 1900’s John D. Rottenfeller contributed millions of his multi-billions to various educational institutions across the fruited plain. One recipient of the largesse was Columbia University. The Grant was predicated upon that institution developing a college of education which could serve as a template for other universities and colleges across the nation.

    Chosen to head up the new addition to the Columbia system were two educators: John Dewey and James Bryant Conant. I paraphrase Dewey because of being able to specifically recall his exact wording regarding his assignment: “We do not need to teach these people Latin, Greek or any of the Classics. They do not need to study the depths of history, nor geography. Subjects like calculus are not needed for those who are destined to work in our factories, shops and offices and to provide us with food”. (again, this is a paraphrase, but close to the original content and intent)

    Thus the deliberate dumbing down of the American people has a history stretching back for over a hundred years. The devolution has accelerated, degeneration following degeneration, up to the current era where generation “Z” will soon be succeeded by the “D” generation.

    It is all according to the plan. As Leonard Cohen expressed it in one of his lyrical adventures: “The poor get poor and the rich get rich”. Or Dylan: “He not busy being born is busy dying”.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Prester John
  9. Biff says:

    It wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t as dangerous as they are dumb.

  10. Critics pounced on this, but she and other ‘educators’ defended such a foolish error by claiming that language is alive and fluid, and it changes. To make matters worse, another shining light, this one an education expert from Duke University, informed us that our criticisms of poor-quality education (and educators) would likely “snuff out democracy”.

    Indoctrination passing for education.

    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – – that’s all.”

    (Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 6)

    • Thanks: Realist
  11. That pretty South Carolina contestant could have sealed her answer and popularity for all of internet eternity had she simply stated: “Because Americans are dumber than a bag of hammers. And the public school system serves to dumb down each new generation of students.”

    Granted, she wouldn’t have won the contest, but she would have been remembered far beyond her beauty and millions of memes would have been created based on her words of truth.

    What a missed opportunity!

    • Agree: Fred777
  12. Wait a minute. Miss Teenage whatever was trying her damndest to appear to be saying something that didn’t offend anybody, off the cuff. Impossible. I’ve seen PhDs whose answers sound just like that–when they have an audience they are trying not to offend. Didn’t you ever hear Bush or Trump or Biden striving mightily to answer some such question without offending anybody or giving up any real information at all (as it might come and bite them in the back)? It comes out exactly lie Miss Teenage. I bet she can talk fine if you ask her about fashion or her boyfriend. J’accuse Strawman (er, StrawMissTeenage).

    • Agree: Passing By
  13. Just gonna chime in with British state schools – my almost 7 year old kid is a few years ahead in maths and critical thinking. I have begged his teachers to just give him something more difficult than 7+12 during maths class (I am homeschooling him of course), but no care. All women mind you. No shit given. 150IQ (we like IQ tests) kid being missed by the system.

    I get the criticism of the Chinese/Singapore system, but at least they value excellence when they see it. Here in the UK, you can know your times tables aged 4, and they will pat you on the head and condescend to politely fuck off.

    He’s still a little young for Idiocracy cause it has too many sex jokes, but I’m waiting for the day he can watch it!

    • Thanks: René Fries
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  14. Stones says:

    Thanks for framing the issue to be consistent with the powerful, phony education industry.

    Might race and IQ have something to do with “poor schools”.

    White trash trailer park kids generally score higher that Beverly Hills/Bel Air black kids.

    So, what we have now was predictable.

    Smile and be happy.

    • Agree: europeasant
  15. GMC says:

    There was nothing wrong with the public school system in Chicago’s north side in the 50s and 60s, as far as I could see. An intelligent, caring independent teacher was required , in a school that had the complete backing from the neighborhood and Parents.

    The problem arose when the idiots at the BoE started to compare the North side students with those unfortunate ones from the South side and the shit neighborhoods. And once they started the bussing – it disrupted the students from the North side , to the point where the Parents were taking their kids out of the public schools and found private schools , in order to keep mostly the girls from being grabbed, and attacked from the inner city trash.

    My brother and his wife grabbed his 2 daughters out of Grammar school { yes they bussed in the trash into Grammar schools} and put them into a private school on the far North side/ Suburban area. The Principal would do nothing about the attacks, so I guess that the entire BoE was in on the destruction of the School System. Unfortunately, my sister in law was killed when a school bus hit her when she was going to pick up her daughters, The female bus driver was black and had NO Drivers License ! Fact.

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  16. Anonymous[228] • Disclaimer says:

    In another televised beauty pageant, a high school girl was asked to explain a quote by Confucius. In response, she said: “Confucius was one of the men who invented confusion.”

    She nailed that one.

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  17. What can I say?No thing to say about this great article.

    However,or maybe,possibly I’m wrong.

    If I could portend an assumption,it’d be that this article might be
    trying to convey a rather poignant fact regarding our “religious
    righteousness” and “progressive” “biblical values.”

    Y’all need lots moor republican democracy,it’s prophet able.

    Seemingly… bullets,bombs,rockets,tanks,missiles,subs,mines,
    viruses,licensed lawyers,honorable politicians,learned elders,
    greed,hate and all the other motivations…are working…well.

  18. Bert says:

    Aaccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 2.5% of the world’s population uses the substance.3

    So how many teens are smoking pot? The National Institute of Drug Abuse study, Monitoring the Future, found that 6.6% of eighth-graders had smoked marijuana or hashish in the past month, while 11.8% had smoked in the past year. By 10th grade, those numbers jump to 18.4% and 28.8%, respectfully. By senior year, 22.3% reported marijuana use in the past month, while 35.7% had smoked pot in the past year.

    https://www.verywellmind.com/at-what-age-do-children-generally-start-smoking-pot-63541

    Marijuana and the teen brain
    The teen brain is actively developing and continues to develop until around age 25. Marijuana use during adolescence and young adulthood may harm the developing brain.3,4

    Negative effects of teen marijuana use include3:

    Difficulty thinking and problem-solving
    Problems with memory and learning
    Reduced coordination
    Difficulty maintaining attention
    Problems with school and social life

    https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/health-effects/teens.html

    Swift capital punishment for drug dealers at all levels would go a long way toward solving the problem. Instead states legalize the drug.

  19. Guy Whyte says:

    I do not liek this artykle. There is ownlee won pichure nd it is allredy colord on.

    • LOL: RoatanBill
  20. There must be adequate stress on rote learning. All of us learnt the alphabets and reading only through rote learning; my generation was taught to memorise the multiplication tables, and to the checkout counter girls of today, gee, I am a human calculator! Rote learning does have its undeniable place in education. Rote learning is bad only when it comes to secondary and college education.

    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
    , @Curmudgeon
  21. I overheard a conversation between a woman whose husband was a Japanese teacher ( she spoke little English) and an American. The American asked the Japanese how many languages she spoke and the Japanese humbly stated in halted English ” Japanese—some Korean…” and then the American exclaimed ” Oh–I speak English —- and Californian and —”

  22. Is it still the case that sports spending per student in the USA is much greater than spending on core subjects per student?

    low IQ professional sports ball player = superstar

    STEM career = nerd/geek

    Is that how it’s portrayed?

    In other countries, students don’t spend much time during school PLAYING GAMES, and the systems spend far less money on sports/P.E.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Rev. Spooner
  23. Franz says:

    It’s sabotage. When US schools were either white or black, separate but equal, results were close to European averages in the white ones.

    After the 1970s the US was inundated with migrants from anywhere. Some school districts had 25-30 languages they were legally required to provide translators for. It was so bad by 1980 that even old time Democrats voted for Reagan to fix the border issue.

    Reagan promptly and efficiently made it worse, permanently. You can look it up. Seriously, do. You’ll never wonder why Japan gave him a couple million bucks honorarium when he left office. He didn’t put the screws to THEM.

    • Agree: Pop Warner
    • Replies: @MonGoalian
  24. And, as with all rankings everywhere, the Americans choose the game, set all the parameters, lay down the rules, decide the scoring system, then win the game.

    But not in PISA?

    • Replies: @dux.ie
  25. American averages aren’t so good, but white American average is usually better than white European average.

    US has too many browns and especially blacks.

    At any rate, technological innovation is done by the top 0.1%, not by the masses. While many Americans are dumb, US has many ambitious and talented people at the top and from all over the world.

    It’s like Asian Indian average isn’t good in education, but there are many talented Hindus at the top who do the brainy work.

    The only real threat to US talent is a weird combo of Jews, blacks, and homos. Jews are smart but use their smarts to keep power than serve the truth. On the rise, they were adversarial and struggled for freedoms and rights, but up on the throne, they’re mostly protective of their power that has grown corrupt and hypocritical. NYT and Newsweek once spoke against the War State but are now total shills of US imperialism because it’s run by Jews.

    Also, Jews promote blacks to guilt-bait whites. The problem of promoting blacks is standards are lowered and debased to ‘include’ more blacks in areas they don’t belong(in any appreciable numbers). Homos, like Jews, are talented and smart, but they are driven by vanity and narcissism. Thus, homo power, like Jewish Power, isn’t committed to truth and principles but self-promotion. Homos are too self-centered for higher truth. Homo gets all queeny, andwhat matters most to a tranny is that he be regarded as a GORGEOUS gal.

    Jews and homos do have brain power but main goes to serve tribalism or vanity.
    Blacks lack brain power but are elevated by Jews to browbeat whites.
    Those dynamics are destroying intellectual culture in the West. Intellect has value when committed to truth and integrity, not when used for tribal gangsterism and shallow egotism(of homos).

    Jews aided the homos, homos aided the trannies, and trannies are aiding the pedos. And this garbage is being spread in schools.

    But how do the ‘right’ react? Too much Alex Jones yahoo-ism and/or pigheaded Christian bible-thumping. Or libertarian atomization.

  26. 1. “…we march ever further toward a theocracy…”
    Do you really believe that ?
    2. Cherry-picking poor Miss South Carolina as evidence of American stupidity is rather unfair and unscientific. Beauty queens are winnowed and carefully selected for something other than intellect. She had almost certainly never considered the question, wanted to “demonstrate” her poise under fire for the judges, and was nervous in front of a huge audience. She tried to bluff her way through the ordeal as best she could (alas! catastrophically poorly).
    3. Did God create gravity? You seem to find the question absurd. If God (not a nasty old Semite with a white beard and an attitude problem but rather Blaise Pascal’s and Albert Einstein’s God) created our ~13.7 billion-year-old Cosmos (whatever that might precisely mean), then He created gravity.
    The question of the cause of the Big Bang ( = Cosmogenesis = Spacetime Zero) is a fairly new one in the history of science. I am not sure that the question as currently conceived even makes sense. But cosmologists may eventually find themselves in the position of the Road Runner in the Wiley Coyote cartoons: utterly perplexed and with nowhere to stand. Homo sapiens may prove too “dumb” (to use your favorite colloquialism) to answer this great question which Hubble and Lemaitre so shockingly dumped in his lap.
    If this turns out to be the case, scientists and philosophers may once again (oh-so-discreetly) start whispering the “G” word.

    • LOL: RoatanBill
    • Replies: @Eustace Tilley (not)
  27. It’s the catch-22 of judeo-masonry. Educated people would eventually understand the essence of judeo-masonic rule and would reject it. Uneducated people make a dysfunctional society. The Jewish-free-mason alliance favours power over functional society. Dysfunctional societies eventually implode. The evolution from nepotism to mediocracy to idiocracy to implosion isn’t just probable, it is a mathematical certainty.
    The problem of degraded education isn’t just American, France is hardly any better. Twenty years ago a friend who taught French in high school was required by the ministry of education to review papers by students from the final high school exam, the French baccalaureate, and she asked me to give her some help. Four out of five were outright unreadable, at levels even worse than the teen pageant mentioned in the article. Primary school pupils in the 1970s had better command of the French language than high school final year students in the 2000s. I understand that knowledge of world geography can be deemed non-essential but if people don’t know to read and write, it’s a deal-breaker.
    The Chinese are better educated because China, in spite of being officially communist, is very much a meritocracy.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  28. Franz says:

    The Chinese are better educated because China, in spite of being officially communist, is very much a meritocracy.

    The Chinese are HUNGRY.

    They saw tiny Nippon go from blasted out cities to an industrial power and they want the same thing and they want it bad.

    It’s just a matter of statistics. They are hungry like the USA was when 1800 turned into the 20th century. The USA was outproducing all of Europe. And the USA played an ugly dirty game just like Britain before and Japan after.

    Communism might matter a smidgen, meritocracy is real nice, but mostly — they want the PRIZE. Who outproduces fixes prices, sees their currency worth more, the whole shot.

    They want it ALL.

  29. @RestiveUs

    Meanwhile, in the cities of the “civilised” West, women are raped in plain view and everybody around feigns to see nothing. The ‘three-monkeys’ mentality is not an exclusively Chinese trait, it is common among urbanites around the world.

    • Agree: Realist
  30. (…) adult Americans really are dumber than the average human

    this was the impression I got from reading Frances Trollope’s Domestic Manners of the Americans (Project Gutenberg). Old stuff .

  31. padre says:
    @Alrenous

    All that you wrote just proves him right!

  32. Getting rid of school districts . . . shocking. What a novel solution. Thank goodness for chinese intellectual superior thinking . . .
    a novel approach . . .

    ohh wait a minute

    https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/55/no-more-school-districts/

    I am not a huge fan of all things democracy, but the notion of children going to any school they desire across district lines as though they did not exist . . is an old idea as the parents arrested for sending their children across district lines can attest.

    I don’t contend it’s the solution, but it has been a hotly contested issue.

  33. @Eustace Tilley (not)

    Apology offered for this:
    A neuron or two were amiss
    When I wrote in my text
    That the Runner was vexed;
    ‘Twas Coyote poised o’er the abyss!

  34. Hitmarck says:

    My sister, a Kindergarden teacher in Germany, has 15 years of education under her belt.
    10 years of school plus 5 years of Ausbildung. A word which’s meaning might be worth to discover.

    • Replies: @René Fries
  35. This is an extremely disingenuous article: one of the most sophisticated examples of mere “Look! Squirrel!” misdirection I’ve seen in recent memory. It offers all kinds of zany, demonstrably false explanations for ZFUSA’s poor performance, and completely ignores all of the quite obvious and demonstrably true explanations for what’s wrong with the system: reasons which are well-known to virtually all the readers of this blog. Except Corvinus.

    Zio-American education is essentially Opposite World, where students are rewarded for reciting obvious falsehoods, and telling or just mentioning the truth is heavily penalized, or even better, rewarded for never even having been known to begin with.

    And citing the beauty-pageant queen as an example of anything is just downright disgraceful. Not to mention also deliberately duplicitous and hateful. Gee wiz, I wonder what group best exemplifies these qualities.

  36. A pop song of the 1850’s had the lyrics, “For the nations must remember that Uncle Sam is not a fool, / For the people do the voting and the children go to school.” Educated, informed electorate = democracy. Ignorant, propagandized population = tyranny. Never fail to apply the cui bono test: who benefits from this?

    • Replies: @Hitmarck
  37. 05:39:00

    Fred
    says:
    Current Date at Time Now
    Crock of shit.

    Article starts with anecdote, then attempts to introduce broad sweeping conclusions based on the anecdote. All garbage.

    Are Ivy League schools coasting on largely undeserved institutional reputations tied to nepotism, cronyist practices going back to New England WASPs over the last 200 years. Absolutely. Does it mean they just produce garbage. Sure. Coincidentally, some of my finest profs were all Harvard-educated, so-called “Harvard” men and their lectures were like intellectual MMA…. failed people unsparingly, demanded as much from us as any rational-minded thinking mortal could possibly hope to be able to produce and pushed beyond that…. Still havent met a teaching academician with the rigor, depth of knowledge, intellectual acumen and zeal for instilling in us a fierce desire to learn for the sake of learning as these guys.

    As to the rest of this diatribe… as I learned to say in one of my Harvard prof-lead lectures…. go fuck yourself. America built the modern world. Full stop. End of story. AMERICA built the modern world.

    That is the complete END of the story. Does it mean American is not in decline? You have to be deaf dumb blind mute sense-deprived single-cell amoeba to not see the signs of decline everywhere. Yes, America is in decline.

    Does it imply Americans are “dumber” than other “humans.” What kind of a silly rubric is this? Why does it even matter? Let’s say our contemporaries are “dumber” than the average human. So fucking what. America built the modern world. It rose from a grifter’s frontier world to a global superpower by maximizing a host of complex variables, and now it has failed to reinvent itself… the American experiment is running its course and will end, the sooner the better because any hope at restoring a constitutional republic is wishful thinking at its very worst.

    As to the rest of this dumb diatribe…. you’ve got to be fucking KIDDING me, right? The irrepressible never-ending white self-loathing on display once again through the fetishization of Asians….. god almighty what a crock of shit.

    [MORE]

    First of all, most Northeast Asians, I would include Singapore in that assessment or the simple fact the Chinese majority of Singapore are culturally Chinese…. have a long cultural practice of state exams in order to allow access to the civil service. These practices have transmogrified into the current educational modalities that exist throughout Asia, but let’s please DO get our fucking facts straight.

    (1) Asian schools adapted OUR scholastic standards. OURS. We didn’t adapt THEIRS, they adapted OURS. Get it through your fucking skull.
    (2) OUR institutional models, OUR scientific methods, OUR academic practices were adapted throughout Asia. NOT vice versa. OUR standards proliferate. Savvy?
    (3) There is EXTENSIVE cheating and scamming on these so-called “objective” tests because… guess what…. Asian culture places primacy on “face;” i.e., the relevance of “appearance” over objective “truth.” Cheating is RAMPANT in Asia. RAMPANT. It’s not due to any particular “love” of science or learning either. Asians are preoccupied with the _appearance_ of excellence instead of producing excellence for the sake of it. Anyone who wants to dance in circles around this can go fuck off, you haven’t lived a day of your life in Asia and you’re fucking lying to pretend its not so. For Westerners going to Asia for the first time, you’re confronted with many of these striking cultural disparities, but it’s all resolved when you come to understand that _appearance_ , read “face” … is more important than actually dealing with issues head-on or pursuing objective truth. Asians believe social harmony is more importan than “chaotic” processes such as actual free elections, or democracy, governments “changing,” even the very notion of “progress” itself is in fact a Western contrivance that Asians have only reluctantly embraced.

    Here’s how Asian governments rig these tests…. the tests originate in various Western countries, who need govt permission to conduct the testing. The govts then select their top schools with top-scoring students to participate in the tests, will ACTUALLY engage in practicing for those tests so that these ridiculous results are produced. Don’t believe me? You think it’s some sort of “racial” disparity that all the top countries are infected with Confucianists who are ardent supports of “social harmonics,” meaning…. “Face” culture. Where are all the Ashekenazi brainiac schools? Kindly go fuck yourself and your bullshit talking points.

    (4)IF these cockamamie Asian schools you seem so infatuated with ACTUALLY produced excellence… the flow of students would be from the West to the East. The market demands it. NOTHING could be further from the truth. The number of students from US studying in China is a scintilla of the number of Chinese studying in the US. Ditto for Asian students across the world studying in the West. Essentially, the Western world is now educating Asian “elites.” It’s a fucking FACT.

    Eat shit with your flimflam bullshit anti-America anti-white self-loathing garbage.

    Let me sum up my reply… even our FAILING tertiary institutions with their neomarxist faculty, fedgov dollar fraud and basket weaving courses are STILL more economically desirable than ANY of Asia’s most successful programs. FUll stop.

    And another thing… I’m not talking spinning fables from thin air on this. I lived and worked in Asia, attended a TOP Asian university and worked with Asian students for many years and many of the so-called “generalizations” regarding Asians are 100% dead-on. Rote learning. Check. Incredible work ethic. Check. Inability to produce completely original thought. Check. Can’t string a single coherent well-structured complex argument together to save their lives. Check. BUT… there are modalities to overcome these problems, then their performance improves. One of Asian students’ greatest strengths however is their ability to network tirelessly, to work incredibly well as teams and in teams. This means you encounter the inevitable obsequiesness…. it’s inevitable. They eschew taking initiative. Check. If I had my choice of top Asian student or top American student, I would pick an American 100% of the time, without hesitation.

    All of this is complete fatuous mental masturbation in order to indulge in white-bashing self-loathing.

    We are entirely capable of restoring our great heritage. We just refuse to do so.

    The relevant question then is… why is that exactly.

    • Troll: Hitmarck, A B Coreopsis
    • Replies: @Bro43rd
    , @Rev. Spooner
  38. Che Guava says:

    Not having been subjected to any U.S. education, but being very familiar with the quality and effects from personal experience and seeing the results in media, I must say that this is a very good article by Mr. Romanoff.

  39. Hitmarck says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    The black women in the thumbnail stuck in my memory for knowing the word Octogon.

    • Replies: @goeshittheragman
  40. I can’t comment on test scores–South Korea uses boot camp training methods to ensure aptitude test scores–but if one looks at the arts in America–literature, painting, music, dance, film–it’s clear there has been a dramatic fall-off in achievement. What American today can write a decent, readable novel? When was the last time Hollywood made a movie that an adult would watch? What happened to the great blues, jazz, rock music Americans used to create? Broadway musicals have become a joke. Is the “art” produced by Andy Warhol or Jeff Koons really art? American cities are littered with architectural disasters (true, of course, not only of American cities). When one considers the desert that is “contemporary American culture” all one sees or hears is a vast void.

    • Agree: René Fries
  41. Hitmarck says:
    @Observator

    So Mexico is behind your decline.

    Cui Bono should always come with the hint that a third party can profit greatly despite not being the one holding the strings.

  42. @Franz

    China time and again wants a SHARED future and Harmony for all –not HEGEMON like USA and 222 years of war over 245 years and being #! —aloof –superior –entitled and ignorant of others and dumb to different things that work.

    • Agree: Hitmarck
    • Replies: @Franz
    , @Lockean Proviso
  43. Cohen says:

    If George W. Bush could graduate from Yale and Harvard that tells the quality of the education provided in “Elite” schools. A famous Law School graduate from Yale could not even pass the Bar Exam (dont know how many attempts). Her name is Hillary Clinton.

    Once, I asked two Harvard Graduates in economic (one time my neighbors) a simple question on Argentina’s defaulting its World Bank/IMf Loans. What could happen to Argentina? Was anyone going to attack Argentina (all sort of dumb questions on my part). These two had PhD degrees from Harvard. One retired World Bank official and the other a US Department of Commerce official.

    Answer from the young guy was that Argentina would loose its rating. When pressed more about the invasion of Argentina by its creditors? He finally admitted not knowing the answer.

    The older gentleman was more straight forward and admitted that he did not know the answer.

    Similar Question about “SWITS”. I had spend considerable time to figure it out to understand the system because I did not go Harvard.

    Thanks to Hollywood Movies Harvard and MIT are known all over world.

  44. (1) Asian schools adapted OUR scholastic standards. OURS. We didn’t adapt THEIRS, they adapted OURS. Get it through your fucking skull.
    (2) OUR institutional models, OUR scientific methods, OUR academ
    ====================================================
    Chinese had to write and pass Emperor Exams 3500 years before USA Came into existence.

    Secondly –your very ignorance and stupidily is on full display by your use of dog in manger rationalization and very LOW vocabulary—-why not use a thesaursus you dim wit and look up other adjectives for your 4 letter expansive vocabulary.

    Great Wall Yankee doodle was built 980 miles over mountaains facing gradients and grades while Archimedes was sitting in a bathtub.

    Grand Canal runs 1300 milies North South —buitl before your blue eyed Jesus died for his Jews.

    Great diversion at Dujaingan goes throuth a mountain of granite to irrigate the Plains — built prior to Plato and comapny.

    Euope was a cave man civilization until 15 Century and USA will be heading back there soon,

    • Troll: Hitmarck, Automatic Slim, JM
    • Replies: @Anon
  45. “The Modern Struggle” by Naval Ravikant.

  46. @Old Brown Fool

    The Canadian elementary math education has abolished the times table ( Reason: Is is some communist Chinese hippy dippy thug ruling teaching method the roboticizes the cortex of the cranium and makes the recipient not able to fully understand and value human rights/ democracy/ freedom) and now relies on DISCOVERY MATH

    Example : If Johnny ate 4 apples and Sally ate 6 and each apple cost 5 cents –how much change will they get if they handed the clerk a dollar?

    Answers will vary: If student writes 1 dollar because Johnnie and Sally dislike apples —full marks.

  47. DanFromCT says:

    Decades ago when asked what they did at Saturday Chinese school in a Westchester, NY town, A Chinese classmate of my fourth grader told him they studied how to take tests.

  48. @RockaBoatus

    So, I scrolled up to hear Miss S. Carolina. Oohh, that was painful! She might be the separated-at-birth twin of Kamala Harris. That’s what I was hearing.

    Your idea is a good one but, she never could have said what you suggest because she IS the example of what you state.

  49. “ Educational materials in the US are largely propaganda tools, intended not to educate but to indoctrinate.”

    Sounds quite befitting the USSA.

  50. @Hitmarck

    The black women in the thumbnail stuck in my memory for knowing the word Octogon.
    —————————————————————————————————
    I wonder if she knows what an Octoroon is?

  51. Thirdtwin says:

    I notice that Russia is not in that table. Is it somewhere way down on the chart, or somewhere between 5th and 36th place? I’m guessing it’s the latter, or they’d have managed to squeeze it in at the bottom.

  52. KA says:

    “ In my recent book, Reign of Error, I quote extensively from a brilliant article by Keith Baker, called “Are International Tests Worth Anything?,” which was published by Phi Delta Kappan in October 2007. Baker, who worked for many years as a researcher at the U.S. Department of Education, had the ingenious idea to investigate what happened to the 12 nations that took the First International Mathematics test in 1964. He looked at the per capita gross domestic product of those nations and found that “the higher a nation’s test score 40 years ago, the worse its economic performance on this measure of national wealth-the opposite of what the Chicken Littles raising the alarm over the poor test scores of U.S. children claimed would happen.” He found no relationship between a nation’s economic productivity and its test scores. Nor did the test scores bear any relationship to quality of life or democratic institutions. And when it came to creativity, the U.S. “clobbered the world,” with more patents per million people than any other nation.
    Baker wrote that a certain level of educational achievement may be “a platform for launching national success, but once that platform is reached, other factors become more important than further gains in test scores. Indeed, once the platform is reached, it may be bad policy to pursue further gains in test scores because focusing on the scores diverts attention, effort, and resources away from other factors that are more important determinants of national success.” What has mattered most for the economic, cultural, and technological success of the U.S., he says, is a certain “spirit,” which he defines as “ambition, inquisitiveness, independence, and perhaps most important, the absence of a fixation on testing and test scores.”

    Baker’s conclusion was that “standings in the league tables of international tests are worthless.”
    I agree with Baker. The more we focus on tests, the more we kill creativity, ingenuity, and the ability to think differently. Students who think differently get lower scores. The more we focus on tests, the more we reward conformity and compliance, getting the right answer.
    Thirty years ago, a federal report called “A Nation at Risk” warned that we were in desperate trouble because of the poor academic performance of our students. The report was written by a distinguished commission, appointed by the Secretary of Education. The commission pointed to those dreadful international test scores and complained that “on 19 academic tests American students were never first or second and, in comparison with other industrialized nations, were last seven times.” With such terrible outcomes, the commission said, “the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people.” Yet we are still here, apparently the world’s most dominant economy. Go figure

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/international-test-scores_b_4379533”

    • Thanks: Thomasina
    • Replies: @KA
  53. Anon[287] • Disclaimer says:

    But after only 30 minutes the solution was obvious to Shi, a 24-year-old Chinese kid, a rote-learning robot whose educational system taught him only to memorise and not to think, who knew only how to produce high scores but not to apply any knowledge, someone with no creativity and no imagination.

    ===============================================================
    THIS is a revelation ? As I posted on the article “Seeing some old friends” the problem is the education system. The schools I attended forced students to THINK.

    For example, a question might be something like this: “If JFK was not assassinated, in what way would the world be different ?” There is no right or wrong and the teachers are more interested in how you react to the question, your assertions, and supporting reasons.

    Nowadays the question would be something like this, “Who was John F Kennedy?”
    a. An Eskimo who lived 100 miles south of the Arctic circle
    b. The President of the USA
    c. The Islamic leader of Timbuktu
    d. A shoe shine boy who plied his trade in Martha’s Vineyard

    Answer ? (B). Outstanding ! The student is a genius !! Presently students cannot even answer multiple choice questions and these tests are now trashed. If you can pick your nose you qualify for the Ivy University. Hence the hordes of highly educated dunces, useless even in their “expertise” !

    The teachers are lazy and students nonchalant. When Travon Martin’s girlfriend heads to College you just know the education system is frigged up. MSM and their “experts” now do the thinking for the rabble.

    The dumbest fucks you will ever meet are the ones graduating from $80K a year Ivy outfits. Just listening to the shit that comes out of their mouths is an extraordinary experience. And we are surprised ??

    • Replies: @René Fries
  54. @Passing By

    Today, the emphasis in education is to give the student a narrow technical skill with little to no general knowledge and definitely no sense of critical thinking as political correctness leads to groupthink. This is the legacy of the U.S. Department of Education.

    An education that totally ignores the basics of Greek philosophy and the works of great luminaries such as Voltaire, Montesquieu, Jean De La Fontaine… and the fields of political science, geography, history and religion (as a social construct), could still produce a highly qualified professional in engineering, but hardly a citizen who has the capacity to understand or contribute to proper governance or oppose the politician’s lies and shenanigans.

    A purely technical education perfectly suits the tyrants of the world, including the democracy veneer coated tyranny of the U.S.

  55. KA says:
    @KA

    The argument of this man is worth pondering .
    Is he a victim of bad or ill education or lack of enough good education !

    Do we have more patent that worth anything ?

    Do we have more parents than China or EU?

    Is the relation between education and GDP or education and economy or education and quality of life are accurately defined , assessed , and measured ?

    Is our economy any good without military ‘s power projection abroad and without the reserve status of dollars maintained by force ?
    Does our economy mean anything to the middle class ?
    Does our economy enjoy capacity to survive without printing of money , bailout ,and zero interest rate ?

    At be our educational standard can explain hatred ,emotion driven behaviors , ugliness , ignorance of scientific attitude to crisis like climate , COVID , and blind faithful following of Trump or Biden .
    May be our stupidity explain cancel culture , elevating Bush and worshipping Obama .
    May be our emotional feature is bolstered by poor education .
    We have rages in the road , on the streets , at work place , emanating from neighbors , police , spouse , eye contacts with strangers ,ar school .
    May be our silence on and acceptance of bad behaviors of bankers , Fed, politicians and activist and police have something to do with lack of education and lack of capacity to argue or lack of confidence that come from lack of education .

    ——-

    Celebrating stupidity is the feature of control freak corrupt institute . Church and Masjid and Synagogue actively promote it or have done .

    Suppressing information is in the same deceptive league . Offering false explanation to make it look like intelligent observation is part of this ploy.

    Repeating lies amd false reasoning and piling up on lies and drawing then , conclusion form those lies are feature of the decaying corrupt divided country . On the other side of the division one has rich intelligent entitled sociopath who offer this kind of solace that the other side is so better off citing data of doubtful validity , of false constructs , and data full of further harm hiding behind a dangerous ruse .

  56. Just like with crime. If you took out a certain demographic our standing would rise dramatically.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @goeshittheragman
  57. @GMC

    The female bus driver was black and had NO Drivers License !

    …where’s the problem? (/sarc)

  58. Trinity says:

    Canadians mocking Americans, now that’s rich. lmao.

    Europeans? Well at least the average White American smells a whole lot better. teehee.

  59. @Hitmarck

    …therein is contained the word “Bildung”. Another such word.

  60. I wonder where I rank on the intelligence spectrum? lol

    A part of me doesn’t really want to know.

    I would never take an IQ test, so as to preserve whatever shred of dignity I have left.

    Math was never particularity a strong subject for me, and I am, at best, probably average at reading comprehension.

    For as bad America is in the education category you hear the word come up a ton. I remember asking myself “What does it mean to be educated?’.

    Nobody really knows.

    Basic math and reading comprehension?

    My personal belief is that education is so poor in the US is because of the destruction of the family or a lack of perceived value of education within the family.

    It’s up to parents that their children receive a good education. A teacher doesn’t have the ability to do that.

  61. Bro43rd says:
    @Freddie the Fredfred

    Why is that you ask, it’s simply that we are more comfortable. We are 3 generations or more removed from subsistence life. Life is easy for the vast majority of Americans. Easy come, easy go.

    My question would be can we change the downward trend without losing our comfortable life style?

    • Replies: @Freddie the Fredfred
  62. @GomezAdddams

    Some of the best arithmetic textbooks can be found on Internet Archive.

    Exceptional textbooks on this subject were published in the first half of the 20th century.

    Internet Archive (https://archive.org/)
    Advanced Search (https://archive.org/advancedsearch.php)

    Experiment with title words and date ranges. For example,
    title:(Arithmetic) AND date:[1900-01-01 TO 1945-01-01].

    Arithmetic by Eugene Herz (Copyright 1920).

  63. Anon[287] • Disclaimer says:
    @GomezAdddams

    Great Wall Yankee was built 980 miles over mountaains facing gradients and grades while Archimedes was sitting in a bathtub.

    You forgot paper lanterns were around since the 6th Century and chopsticks as old as 1200 BC have been found. LOL

    However, the first railroad in China was completed in 1876, by Whites. The wheel was discovered in Mesopotamia around 4000 BC while China took another 1200 years to figure that out. When the wheel was discovered China was using the sedan chair.

    The first steam powered vehicle was invented in the mid 1600’s while China was still using coolies to run with rickshaws. The first steam ship was Whitey’s in the early 1800 while China;s was still using sailing junks. The Wright Brothers were flying planes the same time the Dinks were flying kites.

    Finally, China was a shithole dump until we began purchasing their cheap goods in the 1980’s. After 4000 years of civilization and the Emperor;s Exams, it was a country not worth shitting on.

    So who is the superior man ? The Chinese or the White Man ? Since you live in Canada head down to Vancouver and count the number of slanty eyed little bastards. Then head over to China and count the blond hair blue eyed whites. How many Chinese have western passports ? How many whites have Chinese passports ? How many Dinks pay smugglers to illegally enter the West ? How many Whites pay smugglers to illegally enter Gooklandia. How many Chinese have transferred their assets to the West ? How many Whites have bank accounts in China ??

    You might consider Asians to be superior to you. Unfortunately, not everyone shares your feelings of inferiority ! Building a wall and inventing the fortune cookie is no indication of intellectual superiority !

    • Agree: JM
    • Troll: A B Coreopsis
    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
  64. @Joe Levantine

    Actually, it can’t. The best engineers are people who think ‘out of the box’. If the education is designed to eliminate out-of-the-box thinking, over time it inevitably stops producing qualified engineers.

    PS: I am an engineer myself with 20+ years of experience in IT consulting, in virtually every sector of the economy and I have time and again observed that people with narrow culture had difficulties with creating or understanding designs. It’s a matter of analytical vs synthetic intelligence.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
    , @Joe Levantine
  65. Franle says:

    Now do the stats for only White/Asian American students….

    • Thanks: europeasant
  66. Jimmy1969 says:

    Overall a great article. But there is a flaw in this argument that always gets overlooked. Blacks and Natives and recent immigrants from down south drag everything down and they skew the statistics on educational national results. Likewise Jews raise everything. Next time Larry try separating them. Some Countries have organizations that rate all schools in the Country. One City up in Canada once published educational and sports stats on their high schools….the one private Jewish school had the top educational rating, but on a score of a possible 120 used to rate sports ability it received 0…that is right 0. Needless to say that survey caused an uproar and was never repeated. Likewise in the US you never find out the test results from private Jewish schools. Larry it is obvious that blacks and natives and brown people from down south drag down our educational system….but who cares…the top end like Bill Gates and Zuckerberg and zillions of private school white kids are getting by okay. The problem for us going forward vs China is that they are rising and do to immigration we are sinking and will one day end up like the Titanic

    • Replies: @Larry Romanoff
  67. @Bert

    Shooting down a drug-pusher on sight should be taught at boy-scout level.

  68. JimDandy says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    I’ll bet she knows a few things.

  69. @Bert

    Bert: Are you in any way, shape or form connected with the criminal “justice” racket? Are you a pro$ticuting attorney, a judge (particularly on the federal bench), affiliated with a police agency, or in “corrections”?

    In other words, do you have a dog in the fight.

    There are two primary forms of cannabis. One type, Indica, is used primarily by those individuals who are at least subconsciously aware that they are existing in a clinically insane society which is being run by scheming and plotting aliens who hate the Jeffersonian ethos on individual economic and cultural independence. Beginning with the hippie phenomenon, combined with realization that the whole Vietnam invasion was a bogus war to enrich the WarDefense Industry and Big Oil.

    Indica puts one into a “feel no pain” psychologically daze. It stones a person out, makes them lethargic and passive. Like overindulgence in alcohol, it tends to deaden the wits and numb the intellect.

    My preference since taking the first puff in the early Autumn of ’63, some 59 years back, has always been Sativa. As a creative artist and a recovering journalist, I find it to be both creatively and intellectually stimulating. Essentially it is a blessing. Like organic psychedelics, Sativa cannabis is a blessing from Creator.

    Bert, your draconic call for “swift capital punishment for drug dealers (AT ALL LEVELS) tells me that you are either a fool or a rogue. That attitude is despicable and suggests to me that you do, indeed, have a dog in the fight. SHAME !

    Simply by quoting the CDC, you reveal yourself as a grade-A asshole.

    • Agree: Bro43rd
    • Replies: @Bert
    , @Bert
    , @Bert
  70. Anonymous[143] • Disclaimer says:

    Romanoff is unfair and unAmerican. American education leads the world in class reproduction, which everybody knows, that’s what education is.

    https://freddiedeboer.substack.com/p/why-the-fuck-do-you-trust-harvard

    But really, I crapped out any residual esteem I had for US elite education when I saw all the brand-name schools impose medical experimentation on their students with ulterior constraint and coercion. For the m-RNA vacccines that’s not just stupid, that’s illegal, in federal law (21 U.S. Code § 360bbb–3) and in universal jurisdiction law (Nuremberg Code Article 1.) All these interdisciplinary doctors couldn’t get together and see the problem? Our recognized experts imparting pure and practical reason failed abjectly at critical thinking. Institutions purged stray thinkers that got it right.

    Guess we need extra questions on the GREs like

    Doktor Mengele has two sets of gypsy twins and one set of gypsy triplets. How many ways can he sew them together?

    A. 120 ways
    B. 480 ways
    C. There’s only one right way to sew gypsies together!
    D. Uh, is that allowed?

  71. @Joe Levantine

    Where is Roatan Bill to comment? I guess he thinks that practical technical education is all that is required and all the rest is useless nonsense. Does PR China teach all those ancient Greek and French luminaries?

    I don’t know if education is worse now than in our youth; it’s just that focus is on different subjects. Kids in primary school are now introduced to the basics of computer science, telecommunications technology, environmental sciences, climatology, etc. and other subjects that we only studied at university level if we chose to specialise in these subjects.So it’s absurd to say that their general knowledge is worse. I bet school kids know more than old men with higher degrees how to solve computer, phone, and other telecom glitches, and are the ones their parents and grandparents turn to when faced with such problems. Once kids used to learn from old men, now it could be the other way round.

    Anyway kids learn a lot on their own and have far greater resources available on hand than we did in our youth. So if the standards in the classroom aren’t too high it doesn’t mean that students aren’t learning what interests them from other sources.

  72. @obwandiyag

    Like Kenshaneequa Smith’s waffling when asked what a woman is?

  73. Cohen says:

    General Knowledge Quiz

  74. Treg says:

    Another good essay Larry. I really enjoy your writing here at Unz dot com. May I share my experiences here in America?

    I think what is sorely lacking is authentic intellectual curiosity. And by intellectual curiosity, I mean any disposition towards simply wanting to know for the sake of just knowing. Going back to the early 1980s when I was young and in college, I thought most of us were intellectually curious. But now that I am six decades old, I think that only 1% of the human population has any intellectual disposition at all. Further, I think that of those so inclined, only 20% even bother to act upon it. That’s right, 80% of our intellectual pool is “in the closet” or “hiding out in the basement”. For whatever reason, they don’t want to be discovered and they certainly are not working as University professors.

    I recall talking to several of my fellow economic students getting A’s following our three big exams during the semester. I soon discovered nearly everyone around me in the entire university seemed to have a talent for what I called “happily forgetting”. They were more than happy to forget what they had learned. I was the odd one for wanting to “remember that shit”. If they tried to figure me out they would ask sarcastically, “So you want to go on TV and be a Jeopardy contestant, right?”

    Exasperated I would ask, “Why are you majoring in this if you don’t care to remember any of it?” The sad answer was it was just a “Paper Chase” for the degree itself. The common two phrases at the time were:

    “Look, I’ll probably get my degree and then never need to know any of this stuff again so that is why I don’t give a shit” …and…

    “My degree is really just a union card. It will get me into a corporate job. And when I start my job I’ll probably have to forget it all anyway”.

    For example, after having two semesters of a class entitled “economic price theory” or micro-economics, in discussion after discussion with my fellow top students, it was as if they had purged all the concepts from their minds.

    I would ask, “So is raising the minimum wage a good thing or a bad thing?”. It was clear that they absorbed not one concept all year long. I would often joke back, “So if you had a job as an Economist somewhere and the television interviewer asked you the same question, what would your answer be?”…..

    And to my surprise, the was always “Well it depends on my job”. They would explain that if they worked for a large corporation or government, raising the minimum wage was always good. But if they owned a business themselves they would “probably be against it”. That was the extent of it.

    But even if I pressed for a friendly intellectual discussion, suddenly across their faces complete exhaustion would rise up. It was clearly a painful thing to have any intellectual discussion. “Discussing ideas” was not a fun thing at all. Even friendly little chats while walking down the hallway were met with dread. I began to wonder, “Am I the last intellectual at this University?” and ” Why the pain to discuss anything?”

    So what is holding them back is
    1) this amazing ability to quickly forget everything after learning it and
    2) these deep painful feelings everyone seems to get when they encounter any intellectual discussion.

    So are Americans dumb? Sure, dumb yet oddly practical I guess.

    So desperate I was for friendly intellectual discussion that I started a university campus group in 1984. I plastered my discussion group advertisement all over campus for months. I was so thankful that about a dozen people would show up each week to these events. They were all very enjoyable people to talk with and all subjects were on the table.

    What I most loved about our little group was everyone’s willingness to repeat back your point of view, point by point in a polite manner as if to say, “See, I heard you”. Of I happily did the same. We discussed authors and events and of course politics.

    It took several months but very slowly I soon discovered that I was surrounded by “AJ’s” or atheistic Jewish students. Only I and three others were not AJ’s. Two were self-described “Christian Conservatives”, the one lone female was “Agnostic”, and one “libertarian/anarchist in the Rothbard-Robert Nozick sense” (yeah, me). Our four non-AJs were clearly outnumbered and most of all, overspoken. Perhaps I held my own and could keep up with the energy and pace of the discussions. Most of us were all highly energized by our discussions and could not wait for another next week.

    Today I look at my bookshelf and its dominated by rightwing leaning authors covering a range of topics from biology to economics to evolution to politics and many of those authors are of Jewish descent such as Harold Bloom’s “The Global Brain” and “The God Problem”, Steven Pinker’s “The Blank Slate” and “Better Angels of Our Nature” and on and on such as Geoffery Miller, Gad Saad, Ayn Rand or Fredrick Hayek. And when you take the big picture and read the late Robert Ardrey or Kevin MacDonald, you have to ask yourself :

    “How urgent is our situation really? How fundamentally urgent is it for us to both find and circle up the very few intellectuals we naturally create among us? On the one hand, we have done quite well for only being perhaps 5% or 7% of the world’s population. But on the other hand, do we want to be led by our intellectuals or by their intellectuals or anyone else? And most of all, what is there to stop us from creating small, talented & very powerful little schools ourselves?”

    • Agree: Macumazahn
    • Replies: @EH
  75. anarchyst says:
    @Passing By

    You are correct. I am a non-degreed “engineer” who has had to bail out “degreed” engineers who were unable to “think outside the box”.
    Some of our most prolific “thinkers”, inventors and engineers do not possess college “degrees”.
    Stanford Ovshinsky comes to mind.
    A machinist by trade, he came up with a way to economically produce solar cells, using non-crystalline semiconductor production methods.
    Traditionally, semiconductors are produced by growing crystals and “doping” them with certain impurities in order to achieve a desired electrical property or effect which is an expensive, time-consuming procedure.
    Ovshinsky’s “amorphous semiconductors” were instrumental in producing low-cost solar cells as they could simply be produced by “spraying” the semiconductors on to a surface. His technology has been licensed to the world’s top semiconductor manufacturers.
    When he attempted to introduce his technology to the “educated” of the day, he was rebuffed, as these college educated types stated “it doesn’t work that way” and criticized him and his methodology for his lacking a “college degree”.
    Being a prolific inventor, he holds approximately 400 patents.
    Those who criticized him are now using his technology.
    So much for “education”…and “college degrees”. TRUE “education” is attainable by anyone with desire and ability to “think outside the box”.

  76. @Joe Levantine

    That was true at an earlier stage of the development of the American un-civilisation, from under Dewey up to Kennedy’s era : they discouraged the teaching of literature and ancient languages in favour of technical specialties, and modern languages in their touristic form, and of course commerce, management and . But even then it turned out that American Whites of the yankee type did even better than under the Ancien Regime of pedagogy so to speak, and that made them all to able to command high salaries as many took SEVERAL technical specialties making them particularly versatile on the job market. They most hypocritically pretended to bring the yankees back to “humanities” with an “European touch”, under the Frankfurt schoolers’ recommandation, with the difference that this time it was all about indoctrination through so many “studies” programs, not mind-opening.

    • Agree: Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  77. Truth says:

    Caucasoids, he’s talking to YOU!

    • Replies: @schnelladine
    , @anon
  78. Simon D says:
    @goeshittheragman

    Or even an octagon?

    PS Mr Romanoff, you should learn how to use quotation marks. Cliff Notes version: use single or double, and be consistent. If quoting within single quotation marks, use doubles and vice versa. American usage favours double/single, while Englishmen such as myself, who abominate the appropriation and bastardisation by foreigners of our mother tongue, favour single/double. This has been English practice for about the last hundred years; before then it was all a bit of a mixup.

    I will not trouble to correct your other errors, but would remind you of a proverb about glass houses and people throwing stones.

    • Troll: A B Coreopsis
  79. @anarchyst

    Well, Nikola Tesla himself was a drop-out. Creativity and compliance just don’t go together.

  80. Agent76 says:

    Jun 1, 2021 Woke Public Schools IMPLODING as School Choice SURGES and Homeschooling SKYROCKETS 700 Percent!!!

    Homeschooling *SKYROCKETS* an astonishing 700 Percent! In this video, we’re going to take a look at the extraordinary rise of school choice programs in states across the country, how homeschooling is surging at rates never imagined just months ago, and how enrollment in woke public schools continues to plummet like never before; you are *NOT* going to want to miss this.

    Oct 4, 2014 The Prussian Connection to American Schooling (Part 3), by John Taylor Gatto

    Where did the American school system come from? And what are its true purposes?

  81. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:
    @George Flintstone

    100+

    Larry Romanoff should consider what 130 million American Blacks would do to Chinese peace of mind, education, taxation, crime, health care, living arrangements + fuel needs (why do suburbs really exist in America Larry? Physical safety of those who persevere to afford it), and the pursuit of any meager level of scholastic achievement without making one very loud group, as amplified through Jew-media allies, agitated and violent, both legally and physically.

    The US could have excellent academic performance, but TPTB are getting exactly what they want: their offspring set for life with little competition, and any army of compliant worker drones who don’t rock the boat.

    • Agree: Pop Warner
    • Replies: @barr
    , @showmethereal
  82. Joe Wong says:
    @Paul Greenwood

    There is nothing in the USA for sale in the name of national security. The Americans are innate bandits, pirates and mafia, their mentality is “mine is mine and yours is mine too.” The Americans steal and rob other people’s assets with long-arm jurisdiction, kidnapping, etc. using anti-corruption, anti-terrorism, protecting democracy, human rights, and freedom, etc. fabricated allegations.

  83. Ole_ed says:

    To those of you who look down on the humanities: How many columns on this site were written by engineers?

    The truth is that at least 95% of practicing engineers have zero knowledge of, or interest in, the world they live in. Maybe some of you should look for new Gods.

  84. Hmm, 6300 words just to say “Diversity is not our greatest strength.”

    Thanks for all the examples nevertheless.

    • LOL: europeasant
  85. Realist says:
    @RestiveUs

    Maybe Romanoff should write an article on comparative common sense among nations.

    Yes, your comment shows that the US population has common sense…that’s why they believe and allow the perpetuation of the narrative that a brain-dead asshole is President of this country. LOL

    • Agree: A B Coreopsis
  86. Realist says:
    @Paul Greenwood

    Everything simply every thing in US is for sale

    You are absolutely correct. Avariceousness has taken over the West.

  87. Turk 152 says:

    I have adult children and we found the US public education to be a wasteland until you get into select programs. If you want smart kids, shell out the money for classical music education and make them practice despite their protests, your inconvenience and all the lemming parents telling you are pushing them to hard and they should be getting prepared for an NFL career. There is no other way in the pathetic Public school system.

  88. @Ole_ed

    “Higher” education students should be exposed to a reasonably classical liberal arts course of studies before they enter engineering or any other technological or scientific disciplines. Civilization needs to come first. Original thinking (out of the box) is ultimately more important than all the materialistic ventures, adventures and misadventures.

  89. Realist says:
    @emerging majority

    Interesting conjecture especially in light of the attitude of the elite toward the middle class.

    Those wishing to gain wealth rather than knowledge are a plague on humanity.

    At the end of your comment, you quoted two Jews… which is a no-no around here.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  90. One author pointed out that American public schooling grinds away at children until they graduate with little creativity or curiosity, stating further that “Such people will never be informed citizens, and most could care less”.

    And the irony of the Author writing “most could care less” when he meant “most couldn’t care less” goes unnoticed.

  91. If only US had a few more Yid.

  92. @Ole_ed

    Some people prefer to mind their own business rather than everybody else’s and prefer to live their own lives rather than telling everybody else how they should live. It is indeed a common trait among people with scientific/technical education and it isn’t a lack of interest in others, it is called ‘live and let live’.

    • Replies: @RedNordid1488
  93. “creating a kind of “underclass – a large group of people who are basically unemployable“. And again, “A quarter of all Americans never become proficient in math”

    White people in the USA will soon be a minority therefore test results will continue to plummet. Take a look at test scores in one of the largest school districts. Blacks and so called Hispanics drag the test scores down and it will only get worse. IQ makes a difference. Try reading “The Bell Curve” before it’s put on the hate list and banished.

    http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/searchBySchool.aspx?searchby=cityName&language=english&year=2017&keyword=chicago&type=card&city=Chicago

    look at any school at state wide results and you will where black and brown students stand. They are dragging results down for the total group.

    The author of this article is brainwashed into believing that we are all created equal from the neck up.

  94. I would add a Ps. I have noticed that friends or acquaintances from China who have recently (past ten years or so) traveled to the US for the first time, uniformly tell me that the first strong impression they received of Americans was that they were “very local”. The meaning was that the Americans whom they met, seemed to live in a small bubble that included only their city or town, that there seemed to be little awareness of even the state or the country, much less the world. Perhaps this is true in every country, but the impression was that the tendency was stark in the US.

    This would relate to the educational system, but perhaps also to the media. I don’t know if this trait is stronger today than in decades past. It might be interesting to explore.

    As another Ps., I did a search to see if there were new accepted ways to express “postscript”, whether Ps. or PS or . . . All I got for responses in the search engine was ‘Sony Playstation’. 🙂

    • Replies: @Cohen
    , @GomezAdddams
  95. Pancho says:

    Evidently, the American system of education is a total success. America is creating the right people or the New World Order.

  96. Agent76 says:

    This is education in Japan.

    Jun 22, 2022 Japanese Space Food – “Delicious!”

    Techniques for living in space continue to evolve, and astronauts have an expanding menu to choose from. In February 2021, the International Space Station enjoyed chicken-flavored space ramen and fried noodles developed by the Japanese manufacturer that had invented instant cup noodles in the past. We also visit a high school to hear about a 14-year class project to make canned mackerel space food. New types of space food – produced in a nation long known for the sophistication of both its technology and cuisine.

  97. @Realist

    “Realist”: Please get it through your pointy little cranium that not all Jews are “connected”, as per the “Great Gatsby” by St. Paul’s F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Talmudists, particularly of the Khazarian Mafiya are the problem, not the rest of Judaics, particularly those who are creative artists.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @SaneClownPosse
  98. Realist says:
    @true.enough

    Competitive sports and higher education, in the US, have been intertwined for many decades. I think it is detrimental…but it continues.

    • Agree: Turk 152, Turk 152
    • Replies: @SafeNow
  99. Hitch says:

    But a 24-year-old Chinese student named Peng Shi who was in a Ph.D. program at MIT and who was looking for a thesis topic, attended the meetings, asked a few questions and gave them the obvious solution of eliminating their school zones and applying a different model for selection.

    “the obvious solution … applying a different model for selection”. That is your superior Chinese education system and massively larger brain power in a nutshell. It reminds me of trying to decipher an appliance manual written in Chinglish. Neither a chinese nor an American could understand it. The Chinese are so superior even superior chinaman Larry Romanoff can’t explain their solution. lol.

    American universities create graduates who are trained to succeed in America. Engineering excellence, even assuming that the Chinese are in the top ranks on the planet, is not relevant here.

    What are the requirements for success in America today? Jewish DNA, a willingness to lie and cheat, mastery of excel, and a vagina, either natural or artificial.

  100. @anarchyst

    As a tool and die maker of three decades experience, with a four year hiatus of engineering fishing boats in Alaska, I say, “Think out side the box? No, toss the box!”

    Why constrain creativity by anchoring it to a “box”?

    • Thanks: anarchyst
  101. MGB says:

    The author is wrong about religion and its impact on education. Christianity used to provide a relatively uniform national ideology needed for common purpose, witness today’s atomization and attendant narcissism. China has a common ideology, even if not historically accurate, just like the ‘Mother Russia’ myth that underlies its common purpose. You can argue that China doesn’t have a state religion, but it has something that operates like one. My father attended a Catholic high school, college and graduate school in the 40s, and in HS and college Greek and Latin were consistent components of the curriculum, not some oddball elective for one semester, teenagers reading the classics in Ancient Greek, for example.

    Hyper focus on STEM undermines critical thinking. I think this arose out of the atomic age, and militarism more generally, where specialties became more and more compartmentalized, with only a few at the top allegedly understanding the greater picture. There was an academic debate of sorts over the disclosure of nuclear sciences, and the security people won. Not that the schematics for bombs should have been published, but the security protocols extended to everything. When I was in the service I could not publicly discuss what I knew about Eastern bloc air forces, even though the ‘secret’ information I had could’ve been found in Janes by anyone who could afford to get it.

    The emphasis on theory in academics really fucks things up, especially where it belittles practical skills, many completely lost. I think it was the National Cathedral in DC where they had to import stone workers from Italy because no competent Americans were available. There are a few academic programs trying to recover some of these lost arts, but really they’re just academic curiosities, not national plans for a future economy. 20- something males would rather do computer programming for video games than learn how to monitor and fix components of the electric grid.

  102. Anonymous[886] • Disclaimer says:

    True, US education makes everything a competition, which they promptly lose.

    But US education sucks in other ways too. It’s a variety-reducing organization. What you need is variety-increasing systems. In customary international law, that is, US common law, education must be directed to the full development of the human personality. US cookie-cutter education does the opposite, producing a mass of slogan-chanting spergs.

  103. EH says: • Website
    @Treg

    There doesn’t seem to be all that high a correlation between intelligence and intellectual curiosity. I’d say curiosity ranges from maybe 2-5% at 85 IQ to 15- 20% at 130 IQ. A bigger problem, in my experience, than the merely incurious is the people who are actively contemptuous of knowledge and inquiry, who are a much higher percentage among all levels of intelligence. These tend to compete for power and get it while the smart and curious let them take power.

    The smart and curious rarely have the personality or upbringing to frankly say that the dumb or incurious are their inferiors and should be ruled by their betters. Instead they’ve been trained painfully their whole school and work careers to keep their heads down.

    • Replies: @Realist
  104. @Fred777

    This poor girl trained for being eye candy from an early age (fruition). She has been preparing for sugar daddies and for Larry to rain on her parade is unjustifiable. She probably put in more hours than the Harvard graduates.

  105. @Jimmy1969

    “Blacks and Natives and recent immigrants from down south drag everything down and they skew the statistics on educational national results.”

    I have read many of the articles on this website which discuss the relative intellectual abilities of various ethnic groups, and have no comment to make on that point, but it is misleading to attribute the current circumstances to only Blacks and Hispanics. Consider these comments extracted from the article. The educational difficulties appear to extend to most of the population:

    In basic literacy – the ability to understand and use basic written text – 80% of Americans reached only a level 2 out of 5.

    Recent tests in the New York area show that less than half of all students are proficient in English and Math, and in some areas the number is as low as 13%.

    75% of all Americans couldn’t find their country on a world map.

    75% of California high school seniors could not read well enough to pass their exit exams.

    SAT scores have plummeted . . . only about 39% of students planning to attend university are in any way prepared for the world of higher education.

    More than 60% displayed functional illiteracy by failing the reading portion of the [SAT] test, with only a slightly better result on math and writing,

    Many US educators complain that fewer than one-quarter of their students have any proficiency at all in basic skills like math and reading comprehension

    And most of Rick Mercer’s interviews were conducted with white people. Mercer claimed “About 80 per cent of the people give me the right answer, by which of course, I mean the wrong answer.”

    For me, one of the more disturbing things is that as the quality of education in the US apparently continues to be degraded, the media and various shills increasingly turn up the volume to claim the opposite. cf. Paul Krugman’s pronouncement . . . “express the greatness of the United States in one word, that word would be ‘education’.” And Shailendra Raj Mehta: “No country dominates any industry as much as the United States dominates higher education”. Similarly, the US claiming the highest level of literacy in the world – 99%. Claims like these are not only factually untrue, but are dangerously untrue, and those making the claims must surely know this. How to account for this?

  106. @Freddie the Fredfred

    Damn, you unloaded a lot of napalm and turd cookies on Romanoff. Care to tell us why you and your country cannot get rid of the fleas?

    • Replies: @Freddie the Fredfred
  107. Cohen says:
    @Larry Romanoff

    That is their schooling.
    In early 2000s when I used to ask my son to learn about other cultures and history. His shocking answer was that we are Americans and we dont have to learn about other people. Other countries have to learn about Americans. We are number one syndrome.
    I blame the school curriculum and not the teachers in this case. We are amazingly very good at keeping track of sports figures and sport statistics

  108. Anon[319] • Disclaimer says:

    Homeschool your children or grandchildren

    • Agree: Bro43rd
  109. Realist says:
    @Commentator Mike

    I don’t know if education is worse now than in our youth; it’s just that focus is on different subjects.

    It is now much worse…they learn how to perform oral sex.

    Kids in primary school are now introduced to the basics of computer science, telecommunications technology, environmental sciences, climatology, etc. and other subjects that we only studied at university level if we chose to specialise in these subjects.

    Bullshit, what the children learn now is useless crap…it is indoctrination.

    I bet school kids know more than old men with higher degrees how to solve computer, phone, and other telecom glitches, and are the ones their parents and grandparents turn to when faced with such problems.

    I’ll bet they don’t. They learn how to play degenerate computer games.

    So if the standards in the classroom aren’t too high it doesn’t mean that students aren’t learning what interests them from other sources.

    And there is the crux of the problem, letting children decide who to learn from and what to learn.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  110. @Ilya G Poimandres

    Your son is White, so the system automatically hates his guts for that reason alone. It will do everything within its power to make sure he loses as many of his 150 IQ points as possible.

    Forget about school. I don’t know what the laws are in the UK, but if at all possible get him out of that school and just 100 percent homeschool him. His very life is at stake.

    • Agree: Pop Warner
  111. Thomasina says:
    @Commentator Mike

    “Kids in primary school are now introduced to the basics of computer science, telecommunications technology, environmental sciences, climatology, etc. and other subjects that we only studied at university level if we chose to specialise in these subjects.So it’s absurd to say that their general knowledge is worse.”

    Kids today are taught about computers as we were taught about typewriters and cursive writing. My kids laugh at my cursive writing and can’t read a word of it. Thank goodness they learned how to print, although most of their characters are formed “from the bottom-up”. None of that requires critical thinking. These are just advances in technology.

    While their indoctrination is different than ours, it is still indoctrination. The reason people are “stupid” is because they are only given one-half of the information, indoctrinated early, and held up to ridicule if they dare to deviate. Once someone is heavily indoctrinated, it becomes hard for them to take in alternative information; confirmation bias takes over, and they become selective in what they will accept.

    So if they are biased in what they allow themselves to take in, how can they ever be expected “to learn on their own”? It’s the rare person who questions, who dares to question the current “climate science” or a myriad of other topics.

    It’s not enough to fill your head with information and knowledge. So-called knowledgeable people are often idiots outside their field. The goal is to be wise, and you only get there when you are given (from an early age) ALL of the information and then the freedom to question.

    • Agree: Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  112. @GMC

    The female bus driver was black and had NO Drivers License ! Fact.

    Sorry for your loss.

    I guess no one cared whether a niggroe driving a prison bus full of other worthless (and probably soon to be imprisoned or dead) niggroes had a driver’s license. There’s a certain fatalistic logic in that.

  113. @Guy Whyte

    Nice to see a PhD candidate in “Education” weighing in.

    • Replies: @JR Foley
  114. @true.enough

    It’s cost effective advertising.

  115. Realist says:
    @EH

    There doesn’t seem to be all that high a correlation between intelligence and intellectual curiosity. I’d say curiosity ranges from maybe 2-5% at 85 IQ to 15- 20% at 130 IQ.

    Do you have data to support this? I think there is probably a direct correlation between IQ and inquisitiveness.

    These tend to compete for power and get it while the smart and curious let them take power.

    With this, I agree. Those wishing to gain wealth rather than knowledge are a plague on humanity.

    The smart and curious rarely have the personality or upbringing to frankly say that the dumb or incurious are their inferiors and should be ruled by their betters.

    I am afraid that is now the case but it was NOT the case in the past.

    • Replies: @EH
  116. @Passing By

    Totally agree. But then, my post meant to address the problem of being unable to think outside the box in other domains that do not pertain to one’s core specialty. Under the Soviet regime, starting with the rule of Stalin, the Soviet Union advanced in technology in leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, most of the Soviet scientific minds were limited outside their jobs to adhering to the party line. One such guy who proved to be able to think for himself was Andrei Zakharov, the father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, who strongly objected to the Soviet Union’s testing of all kinds of nuclear devices for the sake of political messaging. He was ostracised by the Politburo but would not yield.

    During my university studies in Boston, a brilliant American friend of mine who had a distinguished brain for physics and who never failed to address any mechanical problem in cars and boat engines, responded once to my praise about his brilliant scientific mind with a quip “ but unfortunately I happen to be a technological barbarian” for he appreciated some of my general knowledge that I learned at my French school and which required far less IQ than it would take to be up to his level at mechanical problem solving where I could rate myself as a moron.

    • Thanks: Passing By
  117. @George Flintstone

    yep, get rid of the jews and everything else will fall into place…

  118. Realist says:
    @emerging majority

    “Realist”: Please get it through your pointy little cranium that not all Jews are “connected”, as per the “Great Gatsby” by St. Paul’s F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    You are the one who has a problem getting things through your pointy little cranium. I have incessantly argued that point on this blog with much derision from the majority of Jew haters on this blog…hence my comment At the end of your comment, you quoted two Jews… which is a no-no around here. Most of the Jew-haters on this blog lump all Jews together.

    You should know what the beliefs are of the people you denounce.

  119. barr says:
    @Anon

    How well the British doing?
    Why Finland is below S Korea?

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
  120. I propose the 70% – 30% solution. Reduce the high school graduation rate to 70% and the college admissions rate to 30%. Around 1960, the high school graduation rate was around 70% and stayed there for some time before some idiots decided we should aim at 100%. All progress towards that goal has been achieved by dumbing down the curriculum. When I attended university in the late 1970s the college admission rate was around 47%. A significant fraction had no business at a university, so I’d estimate a reduction to 30% would be about right.

    Of course it goes without saying that all measures of academic achievement should be scrupulously meritocratic and color blind.

    • Agree: Mark G.
  121. Franz says:
    @GomezAdddams

    China time and again wants a SHARED future and Harmony for all

    Exactly!

    CHINA WANTS… and to achieve your wants in this world, you need POWER.

    The USA was all that early on. Americans were trying to be the Original Anti-Imperialists once in the way-back days. No king, no tyrants, no empire.

    America was going to SHOW THE WAY!

    But (like all people) Americans forgot: A nation may become rich and strong, but only a tiny handful of people EVER exercise power. And governments are totally easy to infiltrate.

    The USA flunked THAT test but who hasn’t? Since Athens, since Rome, we have not found a way to keep psychos from the levers of power.

    Here comes China to do it right? I sincerely hope so.

    • Thanks: GomezAdddams
    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  122. Turk 152 says:
    @Larry Romanoff

    Exploring the harmful effects of the sacred cow of sports culture in the US as the primary focus of child rearing would have added to the topic. My personal opinion is that sports are emphasized so the Empire can have a regular crop of fit, unemployable youth for their war machine.

  123. @Ace

    Man, what a dilemma! Hoping you will receive timely treatment in Canada or not being able to afford it in the US without selling everything you own and have your wife and daughter’s flatbacking to pay for it.

  124. @Commentator Mike

    Roatan Bill is a highly respected commenter whose posts generally inspire me and whose knowledge goes way beyond his core specialty as a software engineer. Yet, I have never managed to bridge the gap between him and myself on the point of general education, and I respect his main contention that humanities are by and large nothing more than social engineering meant to control people’s minds. As someone who studied economics, I came to realise this point a couple of decades after graduation by learning from different events and practical insight into matters such as the dot.com bubble, the Great Financial Crisis and the status of the American FED that was never properly addressed at the University level.

    “ Once kids used to learn from old men, now it could be the other way round.”

    Indeed, at the office level, I have often had to seek the help of my much younger nephew and other AutoCAD engineers to solve some of my computer problems. Yet, when it comes to proper business correspondence, business strategy and reading in between the lines of the media, most of those computer and social media savvy kids find themselves like babes in the woods, for their technical education fails to carry them into the realm of sophisticated analysis and being able to differentiate between the wheat and the chaff when extracting information from Wikipedia or the internet in general or reading in between the lines when listening to the evermore tightly controlled news sources. Their appreciation of the arts, literature and poetry is almost nonexistent.

    Are we to get impressed by the galloping technology in communication at the expense of wisdom and beauty. I think not.

    • Agree: Turk 152
    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  125. How could Americans be dumber than the average human, when our educrats have priorities like this?

    “Michigan Attorney General Calls for ‘Drag Queen in Every School’”:

    — (https://www.breitbart.com/midterm-election/2022/09/22/watch-michigan-attorney-general-calls-drag-queen-every-school/ ]

  126. @emerging majority

    My term for the “disconnected” Jews is “neighborhood Jews” referring to the Jewish families that lived in the same middle class neighborhood as I did in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    NYC is where I first encountered “super” Jews who believed that all Goyim were as dumb as a box rocks, even if one was developing complex software for their products. Trying to correct their mistaken impression with logic was a futile effort.

    As to Education, later on in my career, my workplace offered a MBA program that was free to employees. I got through Leadership and Marketing, then decided it wasn’t worth it. First time I had encountered “rubrics” as a measure of success. Basically, one only had to do three things to get an “A”, attend class, participate in class discussions, and complete assigned homework. No measure of quality. Everybody gets an “A”.

    It started with every child getting a trophy for just being on a soccer team, as demanded by soccer moms.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  127. @IronForge

    Russia is by far the best choice.

    • Replies: @IronForge
    , @maczmo
  128. @barr

    “Why Finland is below S Korea?”

    Keep in mind that Finns were first in the world to develop cell phones.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  129. @GMC

    My cousins moved from Canada to Oak Lawn near Chicago in 1963. The younger one went into Grade 12 in Chicago. She was an average student here. In Chicago, she called school a “breeze” and was at the top of the class.
    I would be a liar if I said our own educational system hasn’t deteriorated. US “experts” were advising my province more than 40 years ago. My own kids can’t do calculations in their heads. I used to return teachers’ notes or comments on papers with grammatical corrections. I couldn’t understand their annoyance.

  130. @Francis Miville

    “ But even then it turned out that American Whites of the yankee type did even better than under the Ancien Regime of pedagogy so to speak, and that made them all to able to command high salaries as many took SEVERAL technical specialties making them particularly versatile on the job market.”

    Back at the time that I was an avid reader of Business Week and the Economist, one of those periodicals lamented that the English system of higher education teaches students how to be gentlemen and intellectuals rather than businessmen. As for technical specialties being more rewarding, I found myself in the company of one Lebanese surgeon and his few other colleagues at the cafeteria of a hospital in Boston when they started comparing their yearly income by declaring amounts of half a million US Dollars and above, and that was more than thirty years ago. I was startled and impressed by the figures. But my hunch is that most of them could not find a country like Iraq on the map despite the latter being the buzz of the American media world back then.

    And thanks for putting the nefarious Frankfurt School under the loop, for this institution is the embodiment of the evil Trojan horse that turned America into the USSA.

  131. @Fred777

    Well,why do we need to find America on a map? We’re already here.

  132. @Anonymous

    I recall an old beer commercial (Keystone Light, perhaps?) where 3 finalists in a beauty pageant were asked how they would ‘save the planet’ from environmental disaster. The first contestant cited aggressive legislation, the second cited early education, and the 3rd, a particularly vacuous-looking blonde, smiled bigly and said ‘which planet?’

    • Replies: @Joe Paluka
  133. Harvard Ivy League Jews have been deliberately passing over White Catholics and White Protestants in its enrollment process.

    The East Anglians who started Harvard got greedy and drunk and cowardly and weak and they let the Jews barge their way into Harvard.

    The greedy stupid WASPs were actively colluding with Jews way before 1900, and then they allowed the pushy Jews to completely and totally destroy the character of Harvard.

    Harvard has always been dishonorable and disgusting, but the Jews who piled into Harvard over the last 80 years or so turned it into a rathole of greedy nation-wrecking vermin.

    DISAGGREGATE the crud out of those enrollment numbers at that rancid treasonous Harvard and find out what percentage of the Whites are Jews like that horrible scoundrel Jared Kushner. 5 million bucks changes hands and Jared Kushner goes to Harvard. Like that Chinese guy in Africa says on that video about the degradation of European-built infrastructure in Africa, it’s all so tedious.

    Harvard is filled up with greedy, treasonous JEWS and WASPs and Harvard has accumulated 40 billion dollars of ill-gotten gains in the endowment fund.

    Harvard’s endowment fund loot pile must be completely and totally liquidated. After the Fed uses Quantitative Tightening to pop the asset bubbles and extinguish inflation, that will be the time to tax any remaining loot Harvard has.

    Harvard Scumbag Rats have benefited tremendously from the various asset bubbles created by the monetary policy extremism of the Federal Reserve Bank.

    Harvard must be financially liquidated.

    The JEW/WASP Ruling Class of the American Empire must be politically decapitated and financially liquidated and then they must be forcibly exiled to concentration camps in sub-Saharan Africa.

    It’s the only way to make sure.

    • Replies: @A B Coreopsis
  134. @Franz

    The USA flunked THAT test but who hasn’t? Since Athens, since Rome, we have not found a way to keep psychos from the levers of power.

    Here comes China to do it right? I sincerely hope so.

    I heartily agree, but if 80% of Chinese say their top priority is “Getting Rich,” it doesn’t look promising. I hope that poll is wrong.

    • Agree: Franz
    • Replies: @littlereddot
  135. ‘…Mercer told Americans that very old or terminally-ill Canadian citizens are put onto ice floes and just pushed out into the Arctic Ocean to die. He pretended to be collecting signatures for a petition to the Canadian government to stop this practice; the signatures he obtained included those of full professors from Harvard and Yale…’

    I dunno, I’d sign it. It sounds like the sort of thing Canadians would do — if no one were watching.

    Hey: they club baby seals. Never put anything past the evil that lurks to the North.

    • Replies: @Anymike
  136. Geo Ha says:

    Many US educators complain that fewer than one-quarter of their students have any proficiency at all in basic skills like math and reading comprehension, that they are never taught original ideas or methods of learning that will prepare them for higher education.

    California legislators decided to fix this problem by making remedial education illegal. See AB705 and AB1705.

  137. @Old Brown Fool

    Both language and mathematics are processed in the same part of the brain. Mathematics, regardless of the basis of the “counting” system, is repetitive, just as language is. My parlour trick is demonstrating to people that the squares of all numbers ending in 5 have the last 2 digits ending in 25, and all numbers, ending in 5, when multiplied end in either 25 or 75. There are several other calculations associated with numbers squared that are easily done in your head, providing you understand the pattern. Numbers are a language unto themselves – they have patterns and are predictable.

  138. @GomezAdddams

    I don’t know if the “Kumon” craze hit your area. If was supposed to be a repetitive/rote Japanese system used to tutor young students struggling. From what I could make out, it was pretty much what I was taught in the 50s. In the late 80s, one of my high school aged daughters was struggling with the then-latest version of “new Math” and asked me for help. She had to explain the terminology to me after I read the question. I told her that I had no clue on how she was going to get there, then gave her the answer. She asked me how I figured it out, and I explained the mid-60s way of doing it. Her reply – Wow, is that ever easy.

  139. @Realist

    Surely sex education and gender studies aren’t all they learn. They have to teach them useful practical stuff too.

    • Replies: @Realist
  140. @Thomasina

    Isn’t critical thinking what gave us the Frankfurt School, feminism, gender politics, etc.? Questioning tradition, criticising this and that, questioning everything.

  141. @Passing By

    No wonder why the world is a shithole.

  142. @Joe Levantine

    I belong to a different, bygone world where there was appreciation of all that you mention. But this is now a different place moving at a different place and people just don’t have the time for all those things that we used to, like appreciation of the arts, culture, recreational reading, etc.

    But I wouldn’t knock too much the kids of today, and I suppose they are quite self-reliant and independent given the world that they live in. In our day we had drivers, secretaries, technical support, travel agents, etc. who used to do a lot of work for us; now you have to do all that, and more, by yourself.

    I don’t deny that students need guidance by those with experience and wisdom but in terms of their abilities students are quite competent today. Students can now prepare, all by themselves, high quality multimedia presentations better than their professors could, and their professors used to have the technical department prepare their presentations back in the day.

    Sure popular culture and music that is promoted is rubbish but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t creative people out there creating quality stuff, it’s just that the good stuff doesn’t get promoted. And when it comes to music and the arts kids now have enormous resources available to learn and perfect their skills and even to record, mix, and produce their own music and promote it on the internet. They really are multiskilled and doing all by themselves what once required the input of many. Not to mention kids who are skilled in producing computer art. It’s not a cultural wasteland out there.

    • Agree: Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  143. SafeNow says:
    @Realist

    Competitive sports and higher education, in the US, have been intertwined for many decades. I think it is detrimental…but it continues.

    When I was in high school back in the day (WAY back), swim practice was one hour. The other sports were about the same. In college, it was also one hour in the water. (It was not NCAA Div. 1). That seemed about right. I had other things to do that were more important and more fun than slightly improving my athletic performance. And anyway I was pretty much bored after an hour.

    These days of course, athletic practice time is 2 or 3 hours – – or more. I think the vast majority of parents would prefer my ancient one hour, and the vast majority of students would secretly prefer it.

    I completely agree with your comment if what you have in mind is current extended practices.

    • Replies: @Realist
  144. According to an NYT article reporting on the event: “That it took a dispassionate outsider with … no political agenda to formulate the model is a measure of the complexities facing urban school districts today”,

    So what was Peng Shi’s solution?

    What is the solution for bad black behavior that has no appreciation for academic endeavor as the stuff of lame punkass honkeys?

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  145. ‘…when one of the finalists, Miss South Carolina, Caitlin Upton, was asked why most Americans couldn’t find their country on a world map. Here is her answer, which was posted on YouTube and received more than 40 million views…’

    Yeah — but she is unbelievably hot. You want looks like that and a brain? Anything else?

  146. The answer of the girl at 26 is BRILLIANT. A dry, even mordant, critique of the ‘Great Men’ who contributed so much to human befuddlement.

  147. @Commentator Mike

    If you question tradition you’ll see why it arose, what purposes it serves, and for whom, and whether it needs any refinement. Or amputation. Hardly dangerous in sensible hands-oh, I see your point.

  148. If China were forced to accept 400,000,000 (1/3 of their population) Africans and Latin Americans into its borders and native Chinese were forced to go to school with them for three generations, you would see the Chinese scores fall too. Chinese have the luxury of being educated and living in a society of their own people with a government that supports them as opposed to the US government which is trying to eliminate the white population with every policy. If you took white students that were in all white private schools in the United States that were educated in schools that didn’t go by the typical US curriculum, I bet you’d find that they were either the equivalent of the Chinese or even better than them. I observe Chinese and other Asian students that have grown up in the typical US school system as absorbing all of its worst traits, stupidity and slovenliness being two of them.

    • Agree: Thomasina, europeasant
  149. @Poupon Marx

    When one reads letters, or hears them read, from quite ordinary people from the late 19th, early 20th century, the eloquence and thoughtfulness and the even mundanely beautiful mastery of the language is often startling. I blame advertising, the MSM horrors and the passivity of sitting back and becoming objectified as a ‘consumer’ or electronic pap. The regress was, no doubt, planned and intended to make us ‘good citizens’.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  150. Thim says:

    Schooling is wasted on 80% of boys and on all girls. Only the smartest boys should be schooled. The rest should learn to work and the girls should be at home.

  151. @Commentator Mike

    Jewish thinking gave us all those things, not critical thinking. All these things were created by Jews to overthrow the established order, to confuse the minds of the youth and make society weak and easy for the pickings. Note that in Israel this type of thinking doesn’t exist, because they know that it doesn’t work unless you are wanting to destroy a society.

    • Agree: Joe Levantine
  152. @Philbert Desanex

    If the commercial was trying to show her as being dumb, it backfired. When a person asks a question back it is because they want you to be more specific because they see that there could be a number of answers to the question. A stupid person wouldn’t do that, they’d only see one possible solution to a question and answer it, the more intelligent person will see a number of possible solutions and want more clarification.

  153. Thomasina says:
    @Commentator Mike

    “Isn’t critical thinking what gave us the Frankfurt School, feminism, gender politics, etc.? Questioning tradition, criticising this and that, questioning everything.”

    I have a hard time believing that if the citizenry were given ALL of the information, the pros and cons, the ability to dissect a subject from every angle, that they’d be spitting out the above nonsense. Even the early feminists are complaining that things have gone way too far. This is evident in their love lives.

    “Critical Theory is a social theory that aims to critique and change society as a whole.”

    Yes, they want to criticize (only them, though) and change society, but then they want to set it in stone.

    “Even though you allowed us to openly criticize you, the rules have now changed. Now that the porridge is just the right temperature, you’re not allowed ANY criticism of us! If you speak up, we’ll label you, call you racists, Nazis, fascists, terrorists, get you fired, protest out in front of your house, destroy your lives, your children’s lives, your future employment, charge you with ‘thought’ crimes, jail you.”

    A society that is sure of itself does not act this way. Only ridiculous, end-stage, indulgent, self-centered societies commit suicide like this. This is two-year old behavior.

    Jordan Peterson said: “Without limitation, there is no being.”

    A society that strives to be wide open, bounded by nothing, where race, sex and gender are fluid, where merit is thrown out the window in favor of equity (as long as you’re the right color), where traditions are ridiculed, then thrown on the fire, where diversity is celebrated to the detriment of the host population is a society suffering from mental illness, a society with no limitation, no being.

    You end up with an angry, divided population. Maybe that’s what the elites want? A sea of consumers floating atop nothing.

    • Thanks: Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @Alrenous
  154. Dystopian says:
    @GMC

    I worked in Chicago in the early eighties installing some medical equipment in a downtown hospital. I stayed in a white bread northern suburb and rode a bicycle without fear down Lakeshore to my job. it was a friendly and peaceful Midwestern city and mostly (with the exception of the southern part) populated by good folks. I recently returned to the same area and I almost everyone I saw was wearing turban. It’s not America anymore. We have been overrun by barbarians and home grown miscreants. Living in a rural area it’s easy to be oblivious of our collapse. A trip to any major city dispels the illusion.

    • Agree: Automatic Slim
  155. @SaneClownPosse

    SCP: So your old neighborhood was in Highland Park?

  156. @mulga mumblebrain

    It is necessary to point out that George Orwell not only warned of centralization and subjugation, but also the morphing and corruption of mainstream culture to aid in collapsing resistance to “Big Brother”.

  157. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Poupon Marx

    Hold on, let me just write a real test real quick.

    Grammar:

    1. Form a sentence wherein “the” is not a redundant waste of space.

    Arithmetic:

    1. Give a real-life example where knowing arithmetic can noticeably improve your outcome, such as saving you at least 15% of the time you would otherwise have spent.

    US History:

    1. Describe the personality flaws and phsyiognomic tells of the Founding Fathers Mothers.

    2.1 How do these flaws still resonate in America today?
    2.2 Do you know anyone who was passed over for a job or position due to failing to mirror the physiognomic detriments of the Founding Mothers?

    3. Name three principles of Greek thought upheld by the Founding Mothers. Cite the first known thinker who stated them.

    4. Name the lobbyist responsible for legalizing running over toddlers in America. What were his parents like?

    5. List the top three expenses of a municipal suburban neighbourhood, and approximate the magnitude of these expenses.

    6. List the top three municipal revenue generators of a suburban neighbourhood, and approximate the magnitude of these expenses.

    7. Who was McGovern, and who were his political allies and enemies?

    8. Who was personally responsible for writing the zoning laws which apply to your neighbourhood?

    Orthography

    Look, just use the spellchecker, for the love of god.

    Geography

    1. Name three edible or useful weeds that grow around here.

    2. On the day of this test, is it cloudy?

    3. What types of clouds are they?

    4. How did they form, or fail to do so?

    5. What does this indicate about how the weather is likely to be for the rest of the week?

    6. What is the sunset going to be like, and are you going to set aside time to go look?

  158. Thrallman says:

    School is about getting money and status.
    According to cognitive dissonance theory, giving a material reward for doing something reduces its perceived intrinsic value. Education is about getting a degree and getting a job, not learning as a worthy pursuit in itself.

    Since students are not there to learn, who can be surprised that cheating is rampant and they do the minimum to get by? As standards are lowered, employers demand more years of schooling.

    The government never had a right to get involved in education. In a free country, choice of schooling would be left entirely up to parents.

    • Thanks: emerging majority
  159. A stunt by a Canadian demonstrating Americans’ lack of knowledge of the Great Frozen North doesn’t prove ignorance by Americans, BUT it proves that absolutely NOBODY is interested in Canada. He makes shows in America because he’s not interested in Canada either.

    • Replies: @HdC
  160. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Thomasina

    I have a hard time believing that if the citizenry were given ALL of the information, the pros and cons, the ability to dissect a subject from every angle, that they’d be spitting out the above nonsense.

    They could have gone looking for themselves. They don’t have to simply passively accept whatever they happen to be given.

    Or perhaps they do have to.
    They just do whatever they’re told.
    By “ALL” the information, what’s meant is “signals disapproval” instead of “signals approval” whereupon the passive receptacles repeat what they’re told, just as they previously repeated what they’re told.

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  161. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Commentator Mike

    This is why it’s best not to use the bureaucratism “critical thinking.”

    Sophists, exactly as you ought to expect, make a distinction between critical thinking and critical thinking. Critical thinking, you see, is doing whatever the Sophist tells you to do. He’s smart, he’s high status; just don’t fight it and submit like your instincts tell you to. Whereas critical thinking is absolutely verboten. It’s like racist and stuff.

    Most folk understand critical thinking in the first sense. You can rescue it, but it’s a lot of work and in the end you have a bureaucratism.

    Refer to logic and logical thinking. Ratiocination. Reasoning and evidence. I call it science when I forget the audience isn’t familiar with what sciencia means. Perhaps use the term Logos.

    • Thanks: Commentator Mike
  162. @Franz

    Thanks for sharing your deep knowledge of the 5000 year history of ChinA, Jewboy.

    • Replies: @Franz
  163. @RockaBoatus

    American blacks and beans are dumber than a bag of hammers.

  164. @Fred777

    Actually, when she failed to find the U.S. on a map, it would have been more embarrassing.

  165. JM says:
    @KB2

    Subjectivity rules. A very Made in USA model that has spread to the Anglosphere along with privatisation, ‘uset pays’ and turning universities into immigration factories.

  166. @Charles Pewitt

    Much merit in at least seriously pondering the issue.

  167. Joe Wong says:
    @Fred777

    for those of you who are desperate to “express the greatness of America in one word”, that word would be “bull****”, not education.

    My choice of the expression of the greatness of America is “American big mouth cannon.”

  168. Abbybwood says:
    @KB2

    The more I am reading the more Covid looks like it was created so the WHO could call it a “pandemic” to get the world to transfer to a digital currency.

    It worked.

  169. Anymike says:
    @Colin Wright

    I call Canada “the enemy to the North.” If they do nothing else, they invade us with actresses who take parts away from American girls who want to become movie stars. They did send us Big John Candy and the best Lois Lane and I credit them for that. What else have they given us? Millions of American would starve to death if it wasn’t for tacos and burritos. No one can live on maple syrup.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @Thomasina
  170. Thomasina says:
    @Alrenous

    “They could have gone looking for themselves.”

    You must have missed the part of my post where I talked about “confirmation bias”. If you indoctrinate someone long enough, from a very early age, allowing no dissent, they are not going to search for or believe alternative opinions. The science is settled; so says the teacher, and she wouldn’t lie to me. The government wouldn’t lie to me either. 2 + 2 = 5. Bernays, Freud and top psychologists have known this for a long time.

    Suffering is about the only thing that makes you open your eyes and start searching on your own. That’s when the “passive receptacles” wake up, see the omissions, the half-truths, the lies. That’s when they set their emotions and “feelings” aside and begin to get serious.

    That time is coming.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  171. Thomasina says:
    @Anymike

    “Exports were $360.4 billion; imports were $358.0 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade surplus with Canada was $2.4 billion in 2019. Canada is currently our 2nd largest goods trading partner with $612.1 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2019.”

    • Replies: @Anymike
  172. @Larry Romanoff

    Have nephews in Portland Oregon who don’t know anything about Vancouver—not Vancouver BC Canada BUT Vancouver Washington —across the Columbia River from Portland—

  173. Other people may have mentioned this, but Steve sailer did an examination of the Pisa results a few years back in which he found that when broken down by country of origin, each American group in fact does as well or better than it does in its country of origin, ie whites in america do as well or better than whites in Europe. Hispanics better than their countries of origin. Same with blacks and Asians, etc. The United States average is relatively low because it is a mixed country, of course, but this is due to biological differences among groups. Blacks will simply never do as well as say, Chinese as a group because of inherent racial differences. Our interpretation of the results is based on the assumption of racial equality which is of course false, so the US education system is as good as anywhere in the world, once you judge it on a group by group basis. All averaged together though, we can never be as good as homogenous countries like China.

    • Agree: europeasant
    • Replies: @Larry Romanoff
  174. I seem to recall that some years ago, 58% of the incoming freshman class at Harvard could not explain why it is warmer in the summer months than in the winter months. Lol.

  175. @emerging majority

    The whole idea of the public school system was to provide at least a minimum amount of education to The Unwashed so that they could play their role in an industrialized (rather than agricultural) society. Behold,The Working Man! We have now passed the era of nuts and bolts and gears and have entered the era of bits, bytes and cloud computing. Enter TechnoMan, bidding The Working Man a fond adieu.

    And that’s why we have Don Trump.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  176. @Anon

    Go back to your CIA office and phone Joe Biden “Mission done Boss !”

    • Replies: @Anon
  177. HdC says:
    @Reverend Goody

    Methinks that proves the point, does it not? That Americans are only interested in baseball, football, beer, and which political party screws them over.

  178. @Priss Factor

    American Whites better than the European average? If that were true, Europe would swarm with American specialists, especially the not so developed countries like Romania or Kosovo, and there would be more American high-level expats in the Gulf countries than European ones, which is not the case. This has never been the case : the US always counted from the brain drain from the very country it defeated or manages to weaken rather than on educating its own.

    • Agree: HdC, showmethereal
    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  179. @Charles Martel France

    Thank you for making your article available. I’m reading it now and find it very “telling” in many ways, especially so with regard to the modern world.

    Kind regards.

  180. Franz says:
    @A B Coreopsis

    Thanks for sharing your deep knowledge of the 5000 year history of ChinA, Jewboy.

    I am not Jewish but you are stupid. I said nothing about Chinese history.

    I said when people get power of any kind, as in the productive mercantile industrial kind, they behave in certain ways. Britain got an empire because of her strong mills, Spain lost an empire because they failed to follow up on their early advantage.

    Should China not fall into either trap, wonderful. Their choice is yet to come, not “5000 years ago.”

    • Replies: @A B Coreopsis
  181. anon[379] • Disclaimer says:
    @Truth

    Complete list of negro inventions, great civilizations, and other contributions to the world:

    …..

    • Replies: @Anon
  182. Jonny C says:

    And it isn’t only the students who are in this position. The New York Post ran an interesting article titled, “US adults are dumber than the average human“, which stated in part, “It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers.[16]

    This is the point where it becomes exponential. There has been a steady deterioration from one generation to the next. The result of this is that the teachers and parents are more and more ignorant and incompetent. Not only that, Americans also lack basic skills, which is related. As the Chinese would say, they have become 不学无术, which translates as “ignorant and incompetent,” but more literally means “don’t study and have no skills,” which is the cause of the former.

    But America is a large country, and not a nation, as it would like people to believe. So the tremendously low test scores become a little bit (not entirely) less tremendous if you factor out certain subsections of the population. I do, however, concede that even among the more apt the trend is bleak.

    The good news is that public education has lately shown itself in no unclear terms to be an instrument of propaganda and social engineering, rather than of quality education. And it has turned up the heat so much so fast that some (those who can still think critically) are taking their children out of this rotten system and finding other ways to provide them with a quality education.

  183. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Thomasina

    If you indoctrinate someone long enough, from a very early age

    Do people in your world not have parents? Are they spawned alone into an uncaring social void?

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  184. @Prester John

    The U$$A has become severiously de-industrialized. The only thriving industries are #1, the WarDefense racket and #2 increasingly fracking-dependent Big Oil. High-tech, lacking #1, an indigenous industrial base of support and #2 a steady supply of country boys who are capable of multitasking in many manly pursuits, as agribiz has radically reduced the number of youth growing up on farms; will soon find themselves in situations similar to the legendary Wile E. Coyote, suddenly realizing he’s attempting to walk in air and then looks down…

    America is being severed at its rural roots and simultaneously of its urban manual laborers. It’s all about greed and speculation. The FIRE sectors are doing fine: Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, each one of them parasitical adhesions to the body politick. These people produce nothing tangible or essential.

    The fall may be calamitous. Abstract reality is not functional reality. The true economy has become hollowed-out and the population deliberately dumbed-down. Megalopolitan America may soon face Mad-Max madness. Country-folk may survive, but even here, it ain’t gonna be easy.

  185. @Franz

    Oh, I see. History, culture, power were non-existent before the West developed them. The Chinese, having no power or intellect, being in fact a kind of mechanized robot, actually don’t have a history and the fact that they had a written language is merely an accident, like human consciousness. Typical Jew attitude, to degrade everything that doesn’t fit their demonic aspirations for others.

  186. dux.ie says:
    @Henry's Cat

    > But not in PISA?

    The SJWonkers seem to be trying to sabotage the next PISA survey with responsive Social Equality SRE of outcomes, the new PISARSE framework, by emphasizing on the Big 5 Openness personality trait, trying to turn OECD into Organization for Equity and Class Diversity, and PISA survey into personality survey. Of cause US is higher in B5Openness score than the Asian countries, but is the net effect advantageous??

    https://www.oecd.org/pisa/publications/PISA-2021-Creative-Thinking-Framework.pdf
    Framework for the Assessment of Creative Thinking in PISA 2021: Third Draft
    creative thinking has 6 dimensions: (1) feel, empathise, observe, describe relevant experience and information; (2) explore, seek and generate ideas; (3) make connections, integrate other disciplinary perspectives; (4) stretch and play with unusual, risk or radical ideas; (5) envision, express, produce, prototype new product (or solution or performance); (6) appreciate the novelty of solution and or its possible consequences.

    And what could be their agenda?? Further down the draft,

    Page 13 Openness to experience and intellect:
    Kaufman et al. (2009[31]) found that openness to experience was the only one of the ‘Big Five’ personality dimensions that was significantly and positively correlated with creative achievements across all domains. The study was then repeated with Chinese participants, who recorded similar results (with the exception of creativity in the maths/science domain) (Werner et al., 2014[63]).

    Yes, there are many psych papers reporting openness with creativity. However this trait seems to be influenced both by environments as well as genetics, and the latent systemic genetic trends seem to point the other way. From the independent separate GWAS datasets (the data are too massive for a laptop to handle and they are filtered by pval ≤ 5e-5, i.e. stricter false positive constraints), the effect domains for Education Attainment EA3 and B5Openness, it is apparent that there are more and higher magnitudes SNPs / gene variants with the concurrent effects of -EA3 and +B5Openness.

    And the results from Becker’s global IQ dataset which includes personality data reaffirm that.

    It appears that the SJWonkers are proposing a trait that in real life might reduce Education Attainment. Are there anymore results that confirm that trend?? It is now known that recovering from COVID mild or severe will gives up to 50% of the sufferes foggy brains impeding cognitive functions. In fact there are data that people with high B5Openness tended to carve social interactions to the extend that they might become anti-authority and anti-science (not surprising for SJWonkers) that they are more subceptable to COVID.

    https://psyarxiv.com/c9gxe/
    HEXACO Traits, Big Five Traits, and COVID-19
    Conscientiousness was associated with greater trust, and openness with less trust in U.S. and European governments’ preparedness for future epidemics. Openness was also associated with less fear of getting infected after being exposed to a person who had or was exposed to COVID-19.

    Is that very serious?? Just look at the chart below on the direct or indirect effect of COVID on the country’s smart fraction as proxied by the ratio of the successive year International Chemistry Olympiads (the individual might not catch COVID but there could be colleteral effects like school closures). In IChO20 a US competitor was ranked 1 but in IChO21 the best US could get was rank 13, even when all the US competitors are with Asian ancestries. However there were countries that performed relatively better like Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Portugal. Since the Asian countries have different B5Openness effects they are excluded from the chart. The back of envelope estimation is that the IQ of global smart fractions was reduced by 16%. It remain to be seen if that is a one generation effect or if it is a epigentic change that could affect a few generations after that. But is that really that serious?? Just look at the global COVID mortality data from JHU,

    That is why I called them the “killer” trait to avoid. The Russian could not come up with a better strategy that the one asserted by the SJWonkers. I used to think that Bio WMD is not practical as the other end will receive them intact and send them back with some modifications to make them adapted to the sender population. However, now that some populations seem to be more subceptable because of their responses. As Einstein had said: “Two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

  187. @Happy Tapir

    “Steve Sailer did an examination of the Pisa results a few years back in which he found that when broken down by country of origin, each American group in fact does as well or better than it does in its country of origin, ie whites in America do as well or better than whites in Europe.”

    I wouldn’t put too much faith in Sailer’s “examination” of the PISA scores. I don’t want to malign Sailer unfairly, but I have a sufficiently strong statistical background to tell you that to do what Sailer claimed, is not possible with the stats available. For the PISA scores there are 5 ethnic categories, with percentages of students at 7 proficiency levels for each ethnic category. The US NCES data give you the percentage of whites at each of the proficiency levels, but you cannot simply convert these data to an overall white score that could be compared to that of other countries.

    The best you can do is to compare each of the 7 US White numbers with the 7 average gross scores for each other country, and this does not in any way paint the picture that Sailer claimed. I just went through these numbers from curiosity, and most countries – the UK, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, for e.g., score much higher than the US Whites. Other countries – Norway, Portugal, Australia, France, lose to the US on the poor scores but exceed on the higher categories. There is nothing in the data to support Sailer’s assertion that US Whites are superior to (almost) every other nation.

    And this is using the gross scores for the other nations, with no ethnic breakdown. If we could compare the ‘white’ population only for the other nations, their scores would undoubtedly be even higher. But, since the ethnic breakdowns for the other nations aren’t available, the comparisons are anyway invalid.

    Here are the original source documents from the OECD and the US’ National Center for Educational Statistics: See for yourself.

    https://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-overview.pdf

    https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/pisa2012/

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  188. @Commentator Mike

    All the upheaval we have seen from the early sixties till today, were not the fruits of critical thinking but rather the effects of the Jewish revolutionary spirit.

    True critical thinking does not seek to destroy and replace but rather compares and contrasts and seeks logic and hard facts to push for change which might be implemented over a longer or shorter period of time depending on responsible and mature consensus while always taking the opposing point of view into consideration. That is hardly what happened during all the revolutionary movements that were instigated by Jews, and here I strongly recommend the remarkable effort done by Dr. E. Michael Jones in his book “The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit”. And as one of the commenters mentioned, what applies to changing Western societies and the world does not apply to Israel, be it with respect to revolution or unrestrained immigration.

    Basically what was sold as critical thinking was just the opposite of true critical thinking. We see this phenomenon today in many memes, be it climate change, transgenderism, political correctness, just like we saw it in previous memes like evolution and the Big Bang, where all these issues are to be taken as true and sacrosanct while their initiators resorted to extreme methods of ridicule and intimidation against those who contested their theories.

    I have always adhered to the view that teaching history is a very essential way of building critical thinking as long as the field of study is shown from different angles, most importantly the angle of the enemy. That could contribute to knowledge were people learn from past mistakes and try to avoid them. Unfortunately, what we get, is history as the prime material of indoctrination, where it is a given that the quintessential symbol of evil is Adolf Hitler and its corresponding symbol of martyrdom is the Holocaust. Try contesting the Holocaust in many European countries and you will end up in jail. Such a black and white view of the world can hardly be called critical thinking.

    • Agree: A B Coreopsis
  189. steelreso says:

    “ Christianity-based black and white dog-eat-dog competition”? WTF does this even mean? Puritan heresies? You diminish the impact of your essay by taking gratuitous potshots at Christians. At one point Americans were the most educated population of any nation on earth precisely because of Christianity. IMHO stupidity has increased here in direct proportion to the abandonement of the Christian faith to the point that we now are a nation of pagan dunces. Look at any elementary school textbook published before Brown vs Board of Education and you’ll see a text that would challenge most college students today.

  190. Thomasina says:
    @Charles Martel France

    Thank you for posting that. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Although this teacher tries to remain hopeful, you can feel his frustration. I don’t blame him. I also recognize the pressure the students are under. Students are chasing grades, teachers are chasing evaluations, universities are chasing money, and education is getting trampled.

    I will give this to my children to read. There is much truth here. Maybe the problem is that students are pursuing degrees that they are not naturally inclined for, pushed by parents in a certain direction. If your heart isn’t there, your mind probably isn’t going to be there either.

    Thanks.

  191. @Larry Romanoff

    “75% of all Americans couldn’t find their country on a world map.

    75% of California high school seniors could not read well enough to pass their exit exams”

    Those 75% of Americans are almost all Negro and Hispanic.

    Wake up Larry! White people will soon be less then 50% of Americans.

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  192. @Pat Kittle

    but if 80% of Chinese say their top priority is “Getting Rich,” it doesn’t look promising.

    If that quote came from any place other than China, it would have been taken to mean “I want to be able to give my children a better life than the one I had”.

    Why is it any to do with China is given a negative slant?

  193. antibeast says:
    @europeasant

    Those 75% of Americans are almost all Negro and Hispanic.

    Wake up Larry! White people will soon be less than 50% of Americans.

    Not quite 75%. Young White people 18 years old and under already comprise less than 50% of the population of USA, as shown in the graph below:

    Note the data above is based on the 2018 census.

  194. @Commentator Mike

    Thank you for the invitation.

    Yes, I believe that children should be educated in fact based material almost exclusively; empirically verifiable facts, not cobbled together nonsense pretending to be facts. They can get social skills from their parents and from their immediate environment as they grow up. No child should have access to a smartphone so as to be taught how to be stupid. No child should have unsupervised access to a computer till at least high school age when it is presumed they are smart enough and have developed discretion enough to be able to navigate the world they will shortly be thrown into.

    All physical education shouldn’t exist and no school should have any such facilities. There’s no benefit to putting some mental midget on a pedestal because he can throw a ball.

    Teaching isn’t really teaching until a child is equipped to understand what’s being taught; it’s storytelling. No one teaches a typical 5 year old, one baby sits them. There is a point where a child becomes receptive to being taught and at that point it should be taught that which can be backed up with incontrovertible proof of its veracity. That would be the sciences, primarily, leaving out all the pretentious nonsense of which authors are deemed important, and which are not, which version of history is to be propagandized as truth, which political system is to be held up as desirable, etc. The vast majority of what is taught in schools is opinion and propaganda and is why people are ill equipped to think. Most people don’t think, they emote the nonsense they’ve been taught to believe without evidence.

    The early years should be teaching them the tools needed to be able to accept education; reading, writing, arithmetic. Once those skills are adequately absorbed, they should be offered the truth about the world with as little embellishment and propaganda as possible.

    At the higher education level, at most, the humanities and social sciences should be able to award a bachelor’s degree, and that’s being overly generous on my part. The STEM faculty should run these institutions and demand that anything being taught have a factual basis. There’s no such thing as a “soft science”. It’s either science or it’s opinion. Teaching opinion is the definition of propaganda and shouldn’t exist. Even some of the supposed sciences like paleontology, parts of geology, the majority of climate science, cosmology and many others need a serious review to throw out the long held theories that have glaring holes in them that haven’t been addressed.

    People should choose which fictions they want to believe, it shouldn’t be rammed down their throats under the rubric of education. If you want to believe in history as truth and not aged propaganda, that’s your right. If you want to believe in sky gods, have at it. If you want to believe that Shakespeare was a genius and that Ayn Rand was an imbecile, that’s not to be taught, but to be discovered on your own.

    I contend that if education were cleansed of the opinionated nonsense that currently occupies 90% of the time the education system uses to brainwash children, we’d have a vastly different world full of people that know how to think and even better, want to think and form their own opinions.

    Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened.
    Winston Churchill

  195. Richard B says:
    @Agent76

    So the Prussians are responsible for Identity Politics and Critical Race Theory?

    What a joke. And to think that this is an “educational” video, and not itself an example of deflection propaganda that prates on and on about how the bad Prussians liked to use their educational system as a means of social control! Hahaha!

    Also, the video is available on Youtube, which is run by, Prussians?

    No. It’s not. Like the Internet itself and the entire Western world, which includes its teaching-learning institutions, it’s owned and run by Jewish Supremacy Inc.

    File this video under Misinformation. A word that Jewish Supremacy Inc. now uses on a daily basis whenever it’s questioned or challenged in any way. By the way, can you criticize “Prussians.” Yes. Can you criticize Jewish Supremacy? You can’t even recognize it. That’s who controls your teaching-learning institutions.

  196. @Ole_ed

    The humanities and social sciences accepted the engineering rejects that couldn’t pass the STEM exams at my school.

    Be honest. The humanities and social sciences are about opinion and are populated with shallow thinkers. It is about teaching the weak of mind the opinions they are to hold dear and to spread their opinions, now considered facts, far and wide as a propaganda mechanism and, more importantly, as a survival mechanism to help prevent their being found out as frauds.

    The vast majority of non STEM graduates don’t even understand that they have been thoroughly propagandized to consider disciplines such as economics real as opposed to the modern equivalent of phrenology. Why else would supposed educated people think that currency from out of thin air is a good idea or that UBI will solve the problems that their earlier theories created?

    The plain truth is that there are no experts in the humanities and social sciences because there is no empirically verifiable evidence required to come up with any of their latest revelations. It’s the non STEM world of bullshit artists that are in control, since there are so many shallow thinkers and so few capable of STEM disciplines.

    Now I realize that my remarks are going to be deemed insulting to you non STEM types and frankly, I really don’t care; you need to hear words that you can’t dispute logically and rationally. Also, I’m immune to personal attacks. If you reply, state the facts of your case.

    I do not object to being denounced, but I can’t abide being school mastered, especially by men I regard as imbeciles.
    H. L. Mencken

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  197. @littlereddot

    “Negative slant.” I see what you did there. ;-D

  198. Anon[416] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    Complete list of negro inventions, great civilizations, and other contributions to the world:

    Dont be disrespectful ! Negroes made great contributions to our world.

    -Tom Tom drums were the inspiration for Morse code
    -Blacks discovered the walking stick
    -African huts made of sticks and grass induced whites to build with stone and slate
    -African chiefs coated their enemies in mud and roasted them. The barbecue was born.Never heard of shake and bake ?
    -Salads became the rage when Africans were observed eating leaves
    -The Bantus dressed in animal skins. Our pioneers copied this and conquered the West.
    -The African grass, sticks, mud and cowshit one story houses led to our bungalows

    As for great cities, in the middle of the Congo there is a huge pile of stones where a magnificent city once stood. You can check this out in the movie “Allan Quartermain and the Mines of King Solomon”

    Then in the US, Black criminality forced engineers and architects to build more secure prisons that have become model examples worldwide. Would you not consider this a great contribution to civilization ?

    Finally we have Bwana Truth himself. An unusual specimen ! Truth’s head will enable scientists to discover how Negroes can live without a brain. I can go on and on but I think you get the idea.

    NB: Dont forget fried chicken, okra, grits and watermelon ! Oh…and Hip Hop.

  199. Richard B says:
    @obwandiyag

    Wait a minute. Miss Teenage whatever was trying her damndest to appear to be saying something that didn’t offend anybody, off the cuff. Impossible. I’ve seen PhDs whose answers sound just like that–when they have an audience they are trying not to offend.

    Exactly! Because they all have visions of flashmobs dancing in their heads. For a reason!

  200. @Commentator Mike

    I come out of the tech space. What you regard as evidence of accomplishment I regard as evidence of decay. Multimedia presentations are designed not to educate in many cases, but to impress beyond the merits of what’s ostensibly being investigated. It’s a new and improved form of propaganda.

    Today, look at what’s coming out of the software world. Social media sites controlled by the deep state. Tic Toc mind control. The developers are using their talents to hurt society. Everything is being done to impress, to say “look over here” and don’t look over there. The best developers are working for the worst tech organizations because they have the money provided by their (((gov’t))) controlled backers. It’s why the US is rapidly deteriorating economically because the output is entertainment fluff instead of engineering designed to last.

    Even the computer languages and architectures being promoted are there because of the lack of real talent available. The top developers create the tools so that the halfwits can still be used to turn out crap products. The desire for excellence is gone. Few want to work on operating system internals, improve database functionality, harden security, etc. The software world has become the new destination for those that years ago wanted to sell their humanity to Wall St. A huge part of the software world is now a whorehouse.

  201. @Larry Romanoff

    There is nothing in the data to support Sailer’s assertion that US Whites are superior to (almost) every other nation.

    But the comment claimed that Sailer believes “whites in America do as well or better than whites in Europe.”

    Don’t theese results from the 2012 PISA study bear that out?

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/new-pisa-test-results/

    Note that according to Sailer, the ethnic breakdown of American scores is presented by the American government itself.

    • Replies: @Happy Tapir
  202. Anon[416] • Disclaimer says:
    @GomezAdddams

    Why are you so angry ? Oh dont be such a cry baby. If it will soothe you I will instead call President Xi and tell him a member of the Adams family faking it with a Cholo wetback hyphenated name loves Slopes.

    He might invite you to China Bro. Just think, you could create a “Barbecue Dog Taco”, a great energy booster for all your relatives swimming the Rio Grande. Add some Gomez Sweet and Sour Dink Chilli Sauce and you got a winner.

    Confucius say ” Cholo who love Chino is Dodo”. LMAO

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  203. @RoatanBill

    I’m an IT guy and I couldn’t agree more.

  204. H. L. M says:
    @RoatanBill

    We will have to wait for the dollar to die for our ridiculous clown world to change.

    And when that happens, let’s pray things don’t get worse,

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  205. Che Guava says:
    @SaneClownPosse

    Why? It isn’t true. Japan was. Sure, Finland refined handsets at some times, but those times are now long gone.

  206. Thomasina says:
    @Alrenous

    “If you indoctrinate someone long enough, from a very early age…”

    Yes, especially when it’s done slowly, over many years. I once asked a teacher how she was able to get 30 Grade 1 students to pay attention. She said, “Oh, I have something you don’t have – peer pressure.” Peer pressure helps enormously with indoctrination.

    “Do people in your world not have parents? Are they spawned alone into an uncaring social void?”

    Had my teachers come out early and proclaimed some big, earth-shattering, controversial statement, I might have mentioned it to my parents. But when it’s done slowly, where each year something new is added, eventually you come to believe it. And the teachers wouldn’t even know where it’s going because they can’t see what every other grade is teaching.

    But the people responsible for setting up the curriculum, they do know where it’s going; they’re purposely engineering the indoctrination.

    Look at the nonsense out there today and tell me there hasn’t been intensive indoctrination. Go ahead.

    You weren’t one of those kids hanging out with their parents, were you? If so, pity.

  207. @Henry's Cat

    It’s totally possible that Covid and “woke” have caused white and everyone’s to fall off since 2012.

  208. Realist says:
    @Commentator Mike

    They have to teach them useful practical stuff too.

    Really? Why is that?

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  209. Realist says:
    @SafeNow

    I completely agree with your comment if what you have in mind is current extended practices.

    What I have in mind is exercise and physical training to improve one’s health and well-being. Not a life devotion.

  210. @Realist

    Surely things they’ll need to know in sciences and engineering so they can run an advanced technological society. The technological society is still functioning.

    • Replies: @Realist
  211. @H. L. M

    You can pray all you want, but it can only get worse.

    If the lunatics running the US fail to destroy the world by tempting Putin, then they will turn inward after they lose Europe and the smaller countries of the world that just kept their heads down get emboldened to tell Uncle Shlomo to pound sand.

    Europe is set to fail economically soon because their banking sector is geared roughly 20:1 debt:equity. A 5% loss via bad loans bankrupts them at a time when bad loans are sure to increase and where any attempt at bailin/out would just be an alternate route to failure. That would end the EU experiment as nations reassert their sovereignty. The Euro will be toilet paper and the European states will revert to another phony currency since their populations are, by and large, ignorant of monetary matters.

    Should Russia and China plus their increasing number of associate countries manage to come up with a currency system backed by gold, commodities and their individual fiat crap currencies, then the Europeans might throw their lot in with what’s obviously emerging as the trend. New elections in Europe and regime change where people can’t wait for elections will cause Europe to disconnect from the flailing and failing US empire.

    The controllers in the US are accustomed to ruling and getting their way and they will just lower their appetites to be satisfied with the Americas and the US residents in particular. I suspect that Russia and China learned from the US that offering security arrangements to nations works, so I expect Central and South America to get some protection against the US aggression that’s sure to commence, as an inducement to join the new Putin/Xi club. That leaves North America as the prime stomping grounds for US beneficence and I do mean stomping.

    • Replies: @H. L. M
  212. Richard B says:
    @Larry Romanoff

    I have read many of the articles on this website which discuss the relative intellectual abilities of various ethnic groups, and have no comment to make on that point

    That’s odd. Why not?

    it is misleading to attribute the current circumstances to only Blacks and Hispanics

    That’s true. But it’s not irrelevant. So it’s worth mentioning. Especially when the dominant explanatory system in the West today in general and the US in particular is Identity Politics.

    And Identity Politics has the power to effectuate its insane demands. Making it supreme. As in Supremacy. Which in turn makes the accusation, or smear, of White Supremacy laughable, but telling.

    And what are those demands? That everyone in each group under the IP Umbrella be: placed above criticism, loved unconditionally (no matter what) and blindly obeyed (or else). The result? Cultural Impoverishment and Societal Collapse. One would think that these would be important things to consider in an essay on education. So again, I have to say Larry, your unwillingness to speak to that is odd, but also telling.

    Also, since Identity Politics is firmly in place in all of the social institutions of the Western world, of what value is the superior intelligence of those who rant about “stupid Americans” if they can’t demonstrate that intelligence on matters of great import without being arrested by the paid proxies of Jewish Supremacy Inc.? Those of “superior” intelligence are as restricted to the trivial as much as the “dumb” Americans. This obviously contributes greatly to the dumbing down.

    SAT scores have plummeted . . . only about 39% of students planning to attend university are in any way prepared for the world of higher education.

    Higher Education? Talk about branding propaganda, or better yet, false branding. If there’s any truth to your essay, and there’s some, then it’s obvious that the world of higher education doesn’t even exist. Especially since “higher education” simply repeats the lower in form and substance. The sole aim being to “qualify.”

    At our so-called higher education institutions the teaching is poor and the curriculum is a chef’s salad of trivial information. In fact it’s worse than trivial, it’s – to use a word Identity Politics loves – harmful. Only in this case that word really applies. In fact, calling yourself “educated” because you graduated from a place that brands itself an institute of higher education is the intellectual equivalent of Stolen Valor.

    Consider this quote from an American education expert:

    If Americans are dumber than your average human how can it have education experts? Where did they come from?

    That’s an pertinent question, especially if its higher education is a matter of branding propaganda? Did they come from Europe? If so, whoop de doo! Europe has long since adopted America’s cultural patterns. This is important because the United States is, or was, a geographical extension of Europe.

    The history of the United States, especially from 1620 to 1920, was the history of the progressive westward movement of European high culture into alien physical environments and in constant contact with undeveloped cultures, Indians, blacks and working poor whites. In short, European culture was transformed into a frontier culture (actually, this is true in both North and South America, not just the USA).

    Frontier patterns are still the basic cultural patterns of the United States. This, and not the truly stupid and dishonest 1619 Project is what all Americans should know, after learning how to locate their country on a map – simply because those cultural patterns subsume every single one of them and because those cultural patterns have been exported to the rest of the world, especially Europe, where there they have found both a welcome and intensification.

    In any event Larry, from this perspective I’m afraid that your entire essay is somewhat self-refuting. Relying as it does on the commentary of “experts.” But, again, how can we have experts when the crisis in education is not only endemic and epidemic, affecting and infecting both teachers and students, but multigenerational as well? Actually, those patterns extend back in time centuries, not just generations.

    Worse, since our social institutions are all interdependent, a crisis in one is bound to have an effect on the others. Nowhere is this truer than with teaching-learning institutions. These are basic facts that the “experts” of today seem to be unaware of. For the most part they’ve completely ignored them. This goes a long way to explaining why, as I’ve been saying since the 90’s, an A at Harvard stands for Average and that The Ivy League is now The Poison Ivy League.

    To be continued…

    • Thanks: Maowasayali
  213. H. L. M says:
    @RoatanBill

    Right. I don’t see any way out of imposition of a digital currency when the chaos sets in. But this will probably only take place in those areas targeted for destruction by the jew world order. For example, it couldn’t work in places like Mexico.

    Since we can be sure that Klaus Schwab, et. al. will not back down over Ukraine, myabe we’ll get lucky and Putin will actually take out London and Washington DC.

    Then what?

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  214. @Franz

    Japan’s largesse toward Reagan was also in gratitude for not punishing Toshiba for selling some of our submarine technology to the Russians.
    Biden is taking deserved heat for the crisis at the border but there would be no problem if not for Reagan throwing the border doors open.
    When I was a meter reader in school I mostly worked the Black areas and very many houses that I visited had a picture of Jesus and JFK on the wall.
    I would assume that most Mexican-American houses would have Reagan on the wall with Jesus.

  215. IronForge says:
    @Poupon Marx

    I hear you.

    Nudelman-Khagan, Biden, Blinken, and StoltenTurd/von der Leyen/Scholz/Habeck/Baerbock just completely Buttocked the Frack out of any Long-Term Business/ExPat Prospects I had for DEU and SWE.

    On the other hand – if I moved there previously, I would have had to move out of DEU/SWE once the Sanctions Blowback hit the Fan.

    Kind regards

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  216. Anymike says:
    @Thomasina

    Those numbers are in the same ballpark as trade with Mexico. You can’t just fling numbers, you have to make a statement about what you think those numbers mean. You have to contextualize them. I’m not doing it for you.

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  217. @Francis Miville

    American Whites better than the European average? If that were true, Europe would swarm with American specialists, especially the not so developed countries like Romania or Kosovo, and there would be more American high-level expats in the Gulf countries than European ones, which is not the case.

    Why would Americans flock there than to NY and San Fran where they can make much more money and have much more access to power and privilege?

    If you graduated from MIT or Cal Tech, do you want to work for Apple/Microsoft or for some dinky project in the Balkans?

    Are the top engineers in China lining up to work in Nepal?

    [MORE]

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2013/12/overall-pisa-rankings-include-america.html

    Country or “Economy” Reading Science Math Mean

    Finland 524 545 519 529
    Estonia 516 541 521 526
    Liechtenstein 516 525 535 525
    Canada 523 525 518 522
    Poland 518 526 518 521
    Netherlands 511 522 523 519
    Switzerland 509 515 531 518
    White Americans 519 528 506 518
    Ireland 523 522 501 516
    Germany 508 524 514 515
    Australia 512 521 504 512
    Belgium 509 505 515 510
    New Zealand 512 516 500 509
    United Kingdom 499 514 494 502
    Austria 490 506 506 500
    Czech Republic 493 508 499 500
    France 505 499 495 500
    Slovenia 481 514 501 499
    Denmark 496 498 500 498
    Norway 504 495 489 496
    Latvia 489 502 491 494
    Luxembourg 488 491 490 490
    Spain 488 496 484 490
    Italy 490 494 485 490
    Portugal 488 489 487 488
    Hungary 488 494 477 487
    Iceland 483 478 493 484
    Lithuania 477 496 479 484
    Croatia 485 491 471 482
    Sweden 483 485 478 482
    Russian Federation 475 486 482 481
    Israel 486 470 466 474
    Slovak Republic 463 471 482 472
    Greece 477 467 453 466

  218. Richard B says:
    @Larry Romanoff

    But according to the NYT‘s resident jack-of-all-trades Paul Krugman, if you had to “express the greatness of the United States in one word, that word would be ‘education’.” Other more knowledgeable and competent people disagree with Krugman.

    Fair enough Larry. But how did these people become more knowledgeable and competent? Where were they educated and how were they educated? And you follow Krugman’s quote with one from Donald Kagan. Two Jewish Supremacists. Interesting. Good example of what Gilad Atzmon once referred to as The Jewish Cognitive Elite, where any disagreement, problem, or controversy of any kind can only be discussed by two Jews (or one of their paid proxies or useful idiots). The Kagans are as much of a problem as Paul Krugman.

    How to account for this?

    Easy. The United States is a Jewish country. A country owned and run by Jewish Supremacy Inc., as is all of the West today (the land of whiteness). This is not to absolve whites, or any other group, from responsibility. It’s simply to state the facts.

    In any event, the reason this fact is important is because JSI removed High Culture from Higher Education. It’s the reason US universities continued to achieve financial success – exactly because they eliminated High Culture. And in anything owned and run by JSI money is everything and intellectual excellence is nothing.

    Worse, as JSI has made clear through its principle explanatory system, Identity Politics, intellectual excellence = White Supremacy. As long as we’re on the subject of dumb people, this is why, as an old and dear friend, himself Jewish, one told me, “We are the smartest and dumbest people at the same time.” He also said, “Israel a democracy? How can anything Jewish be democratic?” He’s sorely missed.

    And by High Culture is simply meant high level problem-solving and significant innovation in all areas of human activity, namely the Arts & Sciences. It’s the single greatest contribution to human culture, and it came from a tiny group of white men and woman (as well as those Jews who never really took to hating the West – there are a few). The reason for this is that the explanations and theories it offers are open ended from both sides, theory and data, idea and reality. In short, unlike JSI and The CCP, the practitioners of High Culture are capable of self-criticism without anxiety.

    Obviously, the core of this tradition of course being the Western canon (which is why JSI’s response to High Culture is Cancel Culture).

    Since problem-solving involves cognitive tension, psychological disorientation and emotional disturbance, the value of high culture is that it involves elaborate techniques for prolonging a behavioral sequence (listening to Wagner’s The Ring, reading Remembrance of Things Past, theory consruction, etc.).

    In other words, it involves elaborate techniques for problem exposure and solution postponement, for postponing a decision, or avoiding premature theoretical conclusion and the sense of psychological closure that goes with it. This is why all areas where High Culture takes place are marked by social protection and psychic insulation: the scientist’s laborator, the philosopher’s study, the artist’s studio, the museum where people speak in hushed tones and guards upbraid the noisy (or used to). In fact, social protection and psychic insulation is why the university was modelled after monasteries.

    The point is High Culture is about reflective thought and problem-solving, Cancel Culture (and Pop Culture) is about automatic belief that makes competent problem-solving an impossibility, with predictably disastrous consequences, that CC then proceeds to ignore while severely punishing anyone who not only notices, but is brave enough to speak out.

    For a more lighthearted example of the opposite of High Culture, Pop Culture, just consider the amusement one feels at those who need to peek at the end of a book to see how it turns out, or who are entirely dependent on Cliff Notes, or scribbling hacks of the MSM who pump out one I Hate America screed after the other on behalf of Jewish Supremacy Inc. and its global partners, ie; proxies, idiots and even controlled opposition.

    In any event, by the 1920’s the primary concern was how to approach the Western canon in the universities. There were two schools of thought.

    1. to reduce it all to one overriding explanation. In a word – oversimplification.

    2. to expand the study of literature into cultural history (decades later it was further proposed that both should be placed under the behavioral sciences and that all three should be subsumed by a general theory of human behavior). That whould have shut a lot of people up. Which is exactly why it didn’t happen.

    Guess who won? The first group. Guess who dominated that group and therefore all of education? Jewish Supreamcy Inc. Of course. JSI has converted all teaching-learning institutions into indoctrination camps. It was a case of Dogma vs Pragma. What’s the difference?

    Pragma is willing to expose its ideas to a process of feedback and correction for the purpose of continuous learning, change and growth, so as to serve the healthy functioning of our social institutions, which are best seen as adaptational mechanisms. They don’t make it – We don’t make it. When as the last time you heard any “expert” talk about our social institutions, let alone the ideas that direct the behavior that goes on in them, as adaptational mechanisms? That’s a rhetorical question, of course.

    Pragma in this case was literally American Pragmatism, itself a product of European Romanticism, which was an answer to the failure of the Enlightenment and remains to this day the single greatest cultural redirection since the Paleolithic Age (which is exactly why it’s not taught in our universities, though those categories are still tossed about).

    It’s worth pointing out that the United States is a country that still operates almost entirely out of Enlightenment assumptions and values. And the Enlightement can be reduced to one principle – perfect adaptation of the individual to the group and the group to the world is properly speaking the basis of all intellectual and moral decisions.

    How’s that worked out for their believers?

    So, if Pragma came from American Pragmatism, where did Dogma, as the word is being used here, come from? Critical Theory, of course! Almost a hundred years since they set up shop and we have it’s mini-me, Critical Race Theory, and the corresponding disintegration of higher education.

    The consequences? We’re living with them now. A complete lack of intellectual vitality, cultural impoverishment and societal collapse. Something The Great Reset, or Build Back Better, or The Belt and Road Initiative, won’t change one bit. Since the sociopaths who run those have successfully placed themselves above criticism, thereby increasing the rate of cultural impoverishment in the very social institutions dedicated to making those projects a reality.

    But it’s not like there’s no precedent for this. The same thing happened in Russia and China in the 20th century. Two countries placed under the control of an explanatory system that was itself a deposit from Jewish Supremacy Inc. From this perspective Larry, it would be interesting to direct to attention to just how much The CCP has been influenced by both Enlightenment values and assumptions, and those of Jewish Supremacy Inc., and for obvious reasons. How do you think that conversation would go? That’s another rhetorical question, of course.

    Conclusion: Jewish Supremacy Inc. is the only real cancer of the human race (saying whites are is just more of the psychological projection, moral reversal and narcissistic abuse that one has come to expect from JSI; it’s what they do because it’s who they are). So treason against JSI is loyalty to humanity. Any reconstruction of higher education should start with that, as well as the return of High Culture in our institutes of higher learning. All other talk about education is just that, talk. Or, in a word – bull****!

    In the meantime, since it takes a far great capital investment to revitalize a deteriorating social institution than it does to start a new one, it’d be better if everyone simply allowed the university to go its declining way and work toward starting new institutions dedicated to preserving and inculcating the values of High Culture that, being essential for our survival, are of benefit to us all.

    Til then, no one anywhere in the world is any position to laugh at the dinosaurs for getting themselves extinct. After all Larry, they lasted a lot longer than we have so far.

    • Thanks: Maowasayali
  219. But a 24-year-old Chinese student named Peng Shi who was in a Ph.D. program at MIT and who was looking for a thesis topic, attended the meetings, asked a few questions and gave them the obvious solution of eliminating their school zones and applying a different model for selection. After some study, the committee voted overwhelmingly to adopt Shi’s model, calling it “a breakthrough moment” for Boston’s school system.

    That sounds like a fantastic story, so fantastic I think Peng Shi may be a Chinese spook. But whose side is he on? America’s or China’s?

    Reading his Ph.D. thesis Abstract, his field of study seems to be–I can’t be sure because he writes in jargon–Artificial Intelligence and mathematical modelling. If so, that does not impress me because the COVID-19 “pandemic” was the result of faulty mathematical modelling: junk data in; junk data out. The technical term for it is Fallacy of Reification. A common case of reification is the confusion of a model with reality; as in “the map is not the territory”.

    I quote the last sentence from the Abstract of Peng Shi’s Ph.D. thesis:

    Finally, I show how to further optimize the correlations between students’ assignments to improve neighbors’ chances of going to the same school.

    Am I the only one who sees the irony and idiocy?

    What’s a Chinaman doing at MIT in the first place? And if his model was so great, why didn’t he use it to find a Chinese university closer to his own home?

    • Troll: A B Coreopsis
    • Replies: @Maowasayali
  220. Thomasina says:
    @Anymike

    “You can’t just fling numbers…”

    It’s better than flinging bullshit. Time to check your diaper.

    “I’m not doing it for you.”

    Thank you.

  221. @H. L. M

    Imposing a digital currency does nothing for rampant inflation. It’s only valuable to the mafia when their currency, paper or digital, still has some acceptance. Once things go to zero, digital won’t help because all even perceived value is lost; the belief system around nonsense currency evaporates.

    I think Putin is serious. Russia’s been on the receiving end of harassment for decades for absolutely no good reason and he’s not taking any more guff because he knows there’s no stopping it if he backs down. He will continue taking the eastern part of Ukraine as long as there’s no serious NATO/US interference. If he figures that the US has crossed some redline, then the gloves come off and he’ll take out some modest territory as a warning shot to see if the dimwits in GB or US get the message. He’ll leave Europe alone because he wants them as associates when all this is over. US interests in the ME or GB (hope it’s City Of London) would be targets.

    • Agree: Poupon marx
    • Replies: @H. L. M
  222. H. L. M says:
    @RoatanBill

    The globalist cult doesn’t care what happens as long as they get their digital currency along with a big dose of destruction on the way.

    But if the cult is defeated in Ukraine, and the EU and the US are ruined, and nobody accepts digital currency to replace the dollar, then their plan has backfired.

    Russia and China will introduce a gold backed currency and the jews will be out of the loop.

  223. @RoatanBill

    Self-Confident Sir:

    If you wish to believe that Aristotle, Leibniz, Descartes, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Hume, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Godel, and Wittgenstein are “shallow thinkers”, you are certainly free to do so. Perhaps, in our multicultural age, you might feel pressured to include Confucius.

    You can’t feel that way about Nagarjuna: You’ve never heard of him.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  224. KrisP says:

    Who are these Americans you’re talking to? I’m American and no one I know sits around talking about how awesome and superior we are. Literally, not a single person.

    Your hatred is so extreme, I wonder if these “Americans” you speak of are figments of your own imagination. America as a world power is obnoxious and hyper-violent because the ruling class is evil. But everyday Americans, most of them, don’t fit this caricature at all.

    • Replies: @Francis Miville
  225. @goeshittheragman

    Are you guys thinking of another only-in-America gal: Octomom?

    • Replies: @Francis Miville
  226. Realist says:
    @Commentator Mike

    Surely things they’ll need to know in sciences and engineering so they can run an advanced technological society.

    LOL, really??? The US has one of the most dismal STEM education systems at K-12 among developed countries.

    The technological society is still functioning.

    Not anywhere near what it was and there are still some older STEM degreed people working in STEM jobs.

    • Agree: RoatanBill
  227. @Eustace Tilley (not)

    Building a straw man so it can be knocked down is a pretty popular exercise around here. I never mentioned anyone and certainly not the long dead. I believe we were discussing today and going forward, or at least I was.

    But since you brought these people up, I have to ask besides some quotes and writings attributed to them, what did they actually accomplish. That some had a reasonable line of thinking, especially for their day, was/is laudable, but where is the actual accomplishment? I do think they are overrated but have quotes from many of them that are pithy and cogent but such things aren’t a life’s work. The more recent examples are part of the problem we face today. They helped pioneer the very idea that “leaders”, “philosophers” and assorted politicians are necessary and should be consulted and listened to when the exact opposite would be the prescription I would write.

    We have too many people making a living being professional bullshit artists trying to move public sentiment and it’s the training they get via the non STEM disciplines that allows them to convince the public that unicorns are real. That training even gives them the false impression and false confidence that they actually know something when in fact all they know is the opinions of their professors with nothing empirical to back them up. The bulk of the political class comes out of the manufactured reality of the legal “profession”, for example, actually professional liars and sophists. We could do without them.

  228. @Anon

    -Salads became the rage when Africans were observed eating leaves.

    https://chapelsonwhatley.com.au/history-of-tea/#

    According to legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 BC. It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it. One day, while the servant began boiling water for him, a dead leaf from a wild tea bush fell into the water. The servant didn’t notice it and presented the water to the emperor who tasted it and found it very refreshing. Tea came then into being.

    • Replies: @Anon
  229. @Maowasayali

    I have re-read Peng Shi’s Ph.D. thesis Abstract and it still isn’t clear to me. Maybe I am stupid; but I don’t think I am. In any event, this sentence caught my attention:

    The first research question of this thesis is how to optimize the menus and priorities so that students have equitable chances to go to the schools they want, while the city’s school busing costs are controlled.

    Hmmm… sounds really “woke”. I wonder if Shi’s model isn’t the latest woke “science” to bus black and brown (academically inferior) students into white schools and neighborhoods, like they did in the 1970s?

    Of course, we now know it was a perfidious social engineering program to destroy White ethnic neighborhoods. Cf. Dr. E. Michael Jones’ The Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal As Ethnic Cleansing (2004).

    The Jews have created race tensions and race wars ever since they arrived in America. Affirmative Action and forced Race-integration of schools and busing in the 1970s was to create a low-intensity race war; nothing more and nothing less.

    Is Peng Shi really that smart and exceptional? Methinks not.

    The Chinese in America, if they are promoted by the MSM, are almost always Kosher and promoting a Jewish Agenda–that’s axiomatic of the negroes in particular.

    • Troll: A B Coreopsis
  230. @IronForge

    And to you, Sir. What happened to Russia right after the sanctions will never happen again.

  231. “Be honest. The humanities and social sciences are about opinion…”

    That is the point at issue.

    Here’s a text from the humanities (to wit: history):
    Albion’s Seed. It’s common for STEM-heads to echo the philosopher (!) Voltaire in calling history “propaganda”. There is some real insight there. But I haven’t been able to find any in Albion’s Seed. Perhaps I lack insight and/or erudition. Read it, find some and point it out to me and I will apologize.

    Schopenhauer said in his soon-to-be-banned classic Essay on Women: “Women do so well with children because they are so much like children themselves.” Opinion, Sir? I would call it an insight. Confucius said: “Ignorance of purpose leads to inferiority.” Opinion? Insight. Also: “One seldom makes the mistake of saying too little.” Insight.

    It is fortunate that many of our very finest scientists occasionally walk out of the lab and take a refreshing stroll in that Forest of Arden called The Arts and Humanities, there to sometimes find “Tongues in trees, sermons in stones, books in the running brooks, and good in everything.”

    There is a very famous incident from the history of science. The Trinity test had just succeeded at Alamogordo. Oppenheimer stood in awe at the manmade sun and its resulting mushroom cloud. At that moment, he stood transfixed, all “science” vanished from his mind. All he could think of were the words of Lord Krishna. When the rubber meets the road, the scientists become just like the humanists: little children on the beach, gazing out at the vast and mysterious unknown.

    “The atoms of Democritus
    And Newton’s particles of light
    Are sands upon the Red Sea’s shore
    Where Israel’s tents do shine so bright.”

    Nonsense? You are obviously a very intelligent man and can decide this for yourself.

  232. “For highly developed or high-income countries where literacy statistics were not collected, a rate of 99% was assumed.”

    Shouldn’t that be “counties”, not “countries”?
    Also there’s this:

    “Such people will never be informed citizens, and most could care less”

    the correct expression is “couldn’t care less.”

  233. @RoatanBill

    Even the computer languages and architectures being promoted are there because of the lack of real talent available. The top developers create the tools so that the halfwits can still be used to turn out crap products. The desire for excellence is gone. Few want to work on operating system internals, improve database functionality, harden security, etc.

    Testify, brother! When I started out in computing in 1980, only smart people were able to use computers, so computers were used for the things that smart people wanted to do. But then somebody realized that the nitwit masses had all the money, so every program, every interface, had to be made “user-friendly” – including the development tools. Language C was just too difficult for most, so Microsoft deployed Visual Basic. Nowadays the interfaces are so friendly that a cat can use them, and the result is the wreckage we see all around us.
    We could have had Clavius Moonbase – instead we got Facebook and Twitter.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  234. @Eustace Tilley (not)

    Yes, but Blake never lived to see the Zionazi abomination that is the State of Israel.

  235. @Macumazahn

    The proliferation of garbage languages, API’s and the numerous abstraction layers are going to come back and cause lots of trouble as these “tools” get dropped in favor of a new and improved even worse product leaving the existing code base stranded. Lots of things are being written using tools guaranteed to not make it too far into the future. It’s like buying a shiny Delorean and then having the support disappear.

    What’s been going on is affirmative action in the software space. More and more “script kiddies” thinking they’re software developers. Microsoft is the leading offender with their trash operating systems, incomprehensible spaghetti API sets and the entire line of “Basic” rubbish. Everything Microsoft has ever done was detrimental to the software industry. They’re a 3rd rate software house but a genius marketing organization. Why else would people keep paying the “Microsoft Tax” when the Linux ecosystem is freely available? The bulk of the internet sits atop Linux boxes and people keep buying Microsoft’s junk because Microsoft knows how to sell and Joe Sixpack is attracted to shiny objects.

    • Agree: Macumazahn
    • Replies: @Passing By
  236. @RoatanBill

    Well designed software doesn’t require maintenance. Crappy software does. Design good software and after you’ve polished it, you’ll be unemployed. Piss crappy code and you’ll keep your job b/c crappy code requires constant maintenance.
    Regarding “script kiddies”, you have to give them a job of some sort since overall, with the education you’ve provided them, they’re pretty much useless. Besides, when they become too much of a burden, you can always jab them.
    By analogy, truth doesn’t keep people employed, it is self-sufficent. Lies otoh require a lot of maintenance and when they become unsustainable, you make up a new lie. The same goes with software, when crappy software becomes impossible to maintain, you hire “script kiddies” to make brand new crappy software to replace the old.
    I’ve pretty much described you the model of Western economy since the election of Bill Clinton. There’s one caveat, the model ceases to function if the dollar ceases to be the world’s reserve currency.

  237. @Anon

    You forgot about Wakanda. The Wakandians use Vibranium as an energy source. Vibranium is one of the toughest and most powerful metals known to man. Keep in mind vibranium can only be mined in Wakanda. Unobtainium is almost as powerful but one has to be able to travel to distant galaxies to mine this metal.

    Through the material they mined, they were able to become more technologically advanced than any other nation in the world. Vibranium allowed Wakandans to develop better transportation, weaponry, and agriculture. However, because Wakanda feared the chaos of the rest of the world, they chose to hide themselves with an advanced cloaking field.

    Wakanda is a secret city in the heart of Africa. Wakanda is known only to the CIA and a few African American citizens like Jessie Jackson, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Al Sharpton. They are keeping it a secret as they do not want the rest of the world to find out. When they retire they plan on moving there and live a life of plentitude and leisure. They will not buy houses in rich white areas upon retirement as it would paint them as being traitors to their own race.

    Soon in the not to distant future the Wakandians will give this secret to urban ghettos people and the black brothers will rise and take over what is rightfully theirs. Soon they will not need government sponsored Affirmative Action and other well fare programs to become the true leaders of the world. They will not need to hijack cars, rob, steal and cause general mayhem because their brothers in Africa will share this secret with them.

    And yes contrary to RoatanBill you do not need a degree in the Stem fields to use Vibranium.

    • Replies: @Anon
  238. Anon[269] • Disclaimer says:
    @europeasant

    The Wakandians use Vibranium as an energy source. Vibranium is one of the toughest and most powerful metals known to man.

    Thanks for pointing out this vital and highly confidential information. I never knew that they were in possession of this secret material.

    It shows I am not as knowledgeable as I think I am. Just this morning I realized that Afro hairstyles, Cornrows and Dreadlocks also contributed greatly to our advancing civilization. You can see the progression, the evolution…… Afro hair, plaits, cornrows, dreadlocks, shaved clean, wigs ! Oh, also saggy pants, white 3XXX size T shirts and twerking. I forgot those. How careless of me.

    Vibranium eh ? I have to keep this in mind. I always thought the hardest substance on this planet was a Nigger’s head. And this is where we are faced with a delicious irony. How can something be so hard and yet at the same time so hollow and empty.

    Let;s ask Truth and Nat X. They would know !! ??.

    • Replies: @europeasant
  239. Anon[269] • Disclaimer says:
    @Charles Martel France

    According to legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 BC. It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it. One day, while the servant began boiling water for him, a dead leaf from a wild tea bush fell into the water. The servant didn’t notice it and presented the water to the emperor who tasted it and found it very refreshing. Tea came then into being.

    If you talk to a Chink he will tell you they discovered everything. Next I am going to hear some Slope was carving his chopsticks and discovered the electric dildo.

    The Indigenous people of the Americas have been drinking tea for tens of thousands of years. Brazilian tribes use various plants for everything from stomach ache, contraception and hallucination to intestinal cleansing and fertility. In North America, the Indians used pine needles, cedar leaves and sumac to make tea, a brew that saved many a Mountain Man and pioneer from illness caused by vitamin deficiency.

    Years ago in the Amazon I drank a tea from a bush with a long black leaf. The Indians called the tree “Snake Club Bush”, the rough translation from Northern Je language. My dick grew 50% from 8 inches to a foot and turned black. They have known about this plant for 40,000 years but they dont use it because since they dont wear clothes it hampers them when they are hunting. In my case I just strap my club to my right leg with a bush vine. True story !

    So there, I learnt something from you and you from me. The History of Tea !! An earth shattering Dink Discovery to be sure .

    • Replies: @A B Coreopsis
  240. Krowder says:

    This guy is the worst writer on Unz. All he does is hate on Americans, not particular factions, just literally hates everyone who’s an American for being American (despite the US being the most diverse nation in the world, so pigeonholing makes no sense).

    He fills his ridiculously long articles with a million references. Hint: if the replication crisis exists, and plenty of other anti Western media exists, your addition of references will not make your paper any more objective. Any good objective writer could say what “Larry”‘s saying in 1/10 of the space with double the integrity. Stop with the psyops, stop acting like pond scum.

    • Troll: RoatanBill
  241. Corrupt says:
    @Larry Romanoff

    The results you are reporting are from public schools. Anyone with half a brain avoids sending their children to such schools.

  242. JOE WEBB says:

    not one word about race. talk about dumb….black IQ in the US is 85. In
    africa it is 70.
    Blacks in the US ARE ABOUT 25% WHITE, WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR THE DISPARITY OF IQ SCORES AFRICA V USA/

    it is all Evolution. Cold North v. Warm South. too easy to survive in warm climates.

    JOE

    • Agree: europeasant
  243. JOE WEBB says:

    not one word about race. talk about dumb….black IQ in the US is 85. In
    africa it is 70.
    Blacks in the US ARE ABOUT 25% WHITE, WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR THE DISPARITY OF IQ SCORES blacks V whites. USA/

    it is all Evolution. Cold North v. Warm South. too easy to survive in warm climates. No natural selection …killing off the stupids.

    JOE

  244. EH says: • Website
    @Realist

    No one has done research on that, so far as I know – how to measure curiosity? I’m going by one-on-one meetings with thousands of people from a wide cross section of the public. There is a correlation between intelligence and curiosity, but it’s not super high, and even among the very high IQ, the curious and true free-thinkers are a distinct minority.

    The unwillingness of the best to take charge has been intentionally inculcated by public education and the ideology of “equality”, which has always been a pretense for the inferior to gain power over their betters. Like the old system of the better ruling the worse, the new system is self-sustaining, unlike the old system, it is unsustainable.

  245. @GomezAdddams

    Why doesn’t China leave Taiwan alone? Why do they need a little island that built itself into modernity without the CCP? Why does China need to assert the Nine Dash Line in contravention to long-established maritime law? It’s already not looking good for “China as benevolent hegemon”.

    And yes, I know the USA has become the Great Satan, co-opted by oligarchs and run by arrogant idiots. Hopefully Ukraine will not be escalated into Armageddon.

    But ascendancy of the dragon, orchestrated and facilitated by the same ones who have taken control of the US, is not deliverance.

  246. @Bro43rd

    I think you nailed it. The news is… everyone is going to get a lot less comfortable.

    As to recover, I don’t the situation–meaning, the severity of the threat, and by threat I mean this flimflam NeoMarxist takeover of global institutions–is nearly as dire as it pretends to be. Quite the opposite. All it takes is a bit of elbow grease and a will to attack it.

    Both completely lacking. I learned problem-solving in the army, particularly under pressure with limited resources. When I survey the political-cultural landscape I don’t see any serious resistance anywhere. I see some determined skirmishes being fought, but that’s it.

    So… collapse is inevitable, and it will be a collapse under a NeoMarxist banner. You need to plan accordingly. If you need to relocate to a community that is racially homogenous, largely energy and food and water-independent, now’s the time to do it. If you think leaving the country is the best option. That would be my preferred choice.

  247. @Rev. Spooner

    Thx Rev. Great handle btw. Long answer short, I think Americans, real Americans, have become too fucking nice. I can post another treatise to explain my rationale, but let me give this one example….

    on Daily Beast there was some screed about LA Times being purchased by “Korean-American” billionaire.

    First of all. The dude is not a Korean-American. He’s a South-African Chinese. Second, he came to the US when he was 31. So… he’s not really an American at all. He’s another one of these radical intellectual immigrants who cloak themselves in “Americanness” to fool the rubes.

    If America had adopted a Japanese-style immigration policy, meaning, guest workers/students etc. can only get limited resident cards but _never_ citizenship… the US would have about 80 million fewer “Americans,” and be politically a hell of a lot more conservative.

    The unbridled evil that permeates our entire system is bolstered by this legion of first-generation immigrant “Americans” who have allowed the few freak NeoMarxists lefties to weaponize and amplify their message.

    So why have we been so nebulous on immigration? You get back to the core of the whole conservative Christian movement. Fundamentally Americans are incredibly decent people and they’re easily swayed to do “the right thing” in the face of superior rhetoric, even when it’s actually the wrong thing.

    That’s pretty much it.

  248. @KB2

    Agree. I suffered through a large number of “student visa” immigrant TAs who could barely speak English and were obviously not cut out for their role as TA… they delivered their lessons–they certainly weren’t lectures–reading from notes, gave no meaningful feedback; their “analysis” was garbage at any rate, and largely coasted off being TAs; protected grad students.

    Of course, the first question anyone should be asking is…. why is the school riddled through and through with foreign grad students who are obviously being foisted into teaching roles in the first place. I was always told because of their intellectual or academic or scholarly acumen. There was no evidence of any of it. A critic would point out that perhaps their excellence wasn’t in delivering class–they weren’t lectures by any stretch of the imagination–but rather as research associates or lab assistants…. bullshit. Most of them came from schools you’ve never heard of, begging the other question… IF it was perfectly okay to jam foreign TAs into roles they were patently unqualified for based on their alleged “scholastic excellence” at obscure no-name schools in 3rd world shitholes…. why are we bending ourselves in pretzels trying to elbow our way into brand-name institutions at all? American academicians swoon for 3rd world sweatshop labor for the same obvious reason every manufacturer likes cheap dumb pack mules. They do what they’re told, don’t bite back, and suck your dick when asked.

    The entire education system is a gigantic fraud, and the tertiary education system is the cherry on top of the icing on top of the shit cake.

    As with everything in nature… time and pressure will do their job. The fraud will implode. It can’t be otherwise. But in the meantime, find smarter solutions to get your family members, cousins nieces children, etc. academically qualified to compete in the real world that still swoons for this industry of commie swill merchants.

  249. @Eustace Tilley (not)

    I will trade you one Madame Curie for all the blowhard philosophers that have ever lived. I’ll also trade you one Paul Dirac for every playwright, novel author and social critic ever to walk the earth. You get the idea?

    What you are so enamored with is trivia. Lots of people can come up with wise sayings and observations. I’ve been collecting brilliant quotes for decades and have thousands of them from all sorts of people. This is not what life is about. It may add some momentary spice, but life is what the engineers and scientists have produced to drag your butt out of a cave and into the place where you can dare compare their accomplishments on par with the airheads that may perchance say something memorable.

    It’s called priorities. Yours are way off in la la land as is evidenced by the nonsense you put into print.

    • Agree: HdC
    • Troll: A B Coreopsis
    • Replies: @Eustace Tilley (not)
  250. @Anon

    “How can something be so hard and yet at the same time so hollow and empty”

    You have to have faith. Faith will make us see “Truth”s vision of “they are just like us” and as someone once said “All men are created equal”.

  251. Pablo says:

    Too many Americans are brainwashed into believing the USA is The Greatest Nation on Earth. This belief has no basis in Reality. USA, not #1 in Education or Health Care. Americans are #1 if you rate a Nation from a measure of National Debt, then the USA IS #1. Standard of Living? Not the USA. Health Care #1? Not the USA, unless you rate Health Care by a Most Expensive standard, then the US of A IS #1. Is the USA The Best at creating more Billionaires than the rest of the world? YES!!! the USA is #1. The list could go on, but there is more. Too many Americans are very intolerant, even hostile to ANYONE who disagrees with them. Last, Americans are WAY too LAZY. They refuse to protest when the Political Class screws them over. The definition of the :New” crazy is: Doing NOTHING and expecting things to change.

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  252. @littlereddot

    but if 80% of Chinese say their top priority is “Getting Rich,” it doesn’t look promising.

    If that quote came from any place other than China, it would have been taken to mean “I want to be able to give my children a better life than the one I had”.

    Why is it any to do with China is given a negative slant?

    I’m OK with China — which is why I hope that poll is wrong.

    Chinese are hard-working & intelligent, and they had the good sense to implement their one-child population policy despite being bashed by Americans across the political spectrum (imagine China today with 100’s of millions more Chinese). China’s roughly the size of the US, with roughly similar environmental conditions — but with over 4x more people!

  253. @Pablo

    Too many Americans are brainwashed into believing the USA is The Greatest Nation on Earth.

    Americans are pawns of the Israel lobby, and brainwashed into thinking they’re not.

  254. Has the American high school ever been anything other than a marijuana club with a football problem?

  255. @Anon

    Bubble head — all decoctions are not tea, but tea (Camellia sinensis) is a decoction.

  256. @RoatanBill

    Really, this is beyond your ability to comprehend. Go back to find memories of Fortran IV.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  257. @Lockean Proviso

    “Orchestrated by the same ones who have taken control of the US”.

    Chinese records show contacts with the island of Taiwan in the 13th century. And what was the date of the founding of the US?

    You are to an intelligent being what poop is to a nutritious meal.

  258. @A B Coreopsis

    I see no attempt on your part to refute my statements. Not enough gray matter to give that a try? Is your only contribution to this site a worthless throwaway line?

    Step up and give it your best shot. If you start being civil, I won’t cut you a second one before you slink off.

    • Agree: HdC
  259. I would never stoop to engaging with someone so ignorant that he is unable to fathom that he doesn’t know everything about the world.

    As you derive your own self-respect from your alleged skills in “science”, and you almost constitute the definition of poseur, I leave you with a statement that you will undoubtedly puzzle with as if it were an ancient language which has not been unencrypted:

    “ even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all” (Wittgenstein).

    Good bye, good riddance.

    • Troll: RoatanBill
  260. @A B Coreopsis

    Wittgenstein? I got something waaay better for you – Heidegger:

    Deshalb umgreift der Reigen auch die Vier nicht erst wie ein Reif. Der Reigen ist der Ring, der ringt, fügend waltet, indem er als das Spiegeln spielt. Ereignend lichtet er die Vier in den Glanz ihrer Einfalt. Erglänzend vereignet der Ring die Vier überallhin offen in das Rätsel ihres Wesens. Das gesammelte Wesen des also ringenden Spiegel-Spiels der Welt ist das Geringe. Im Geringe des spiegelnd-spielenden Rings schmiegen sich die Vier in ihr einiges und dennoch je eigenes Wesen. Also schmiegsam fügen sie fügsam weltend die Welt. Das Spiegelspiel der weltenden Welt entringt als das Gering des Ringes die einigen Vier in das eigene Fügsame, das Ringe ihres Wesens. Aus dem Spiegel-Spiel des Gerings des Ringen ereignet sich das Dingen des Dinges.

    (Good luck translating that… shows that being able to concatenate words does not necessarily imply a quasi-human level of intelligence)

    • Replies: @A B Coreopsis
  261. @KrisP

    Another obnoxious world power is Saudi Arabia, the ruling class of which is manifestly pure evil. Yet meeting a Saudi in real life is on average a really charming experience. The only problem is when they start charming girls : the sequel is never positive for the latter. In the best-case scenarios the suitor has one wife per world capital he tours or does business in and the girl manages to be well paid as long as she keeps the charms of her young age. In the same way most people in the world agree that despite Americans at large being decent people there is no such thing as an American friend. There exist only American partners, far closer than one might think to the description given by Henry Kissinger of who they are.

  262. Anonymous[149] • Disclaimer says:

    Poster boy for this syndrome: US dumbfuck with white-noise credentials from shit schools, learned in Grecian Formula 14 philosphical triviums and quadriviums but can’t think his way out of a paper bag.

    Ryan M. Brown, lumpenprole academic going under for the third time.

    https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/epidemic-delusions

    https://villanova.academia.edu/RBrown/CurriculumVitae

    Condescending to people who read the research instead of kissing ass.

  263. @Gaylord of the German Gaylands

    Do you understand what Wittgenstein wrote? With his roots in logic and linguistics, this is a statement (which I came across recently as I read little Wittgenstein) which links him to the roots of Greek philosophy in its earliest period (the pre-Socratics whom Heidegger was very important in championing).

    Heidegger’s role as the primary 20th century philosopher to question science and technology is, of course, undisputed.

    I’m really not sure what your point is.

  264. Several thoughts in no specific order …

    — it was about 4 years ago that the NYC school system got rid of a literacy requirement for the licensing of its teachers — i.e., the ‘teachers’ don’t have to be able to read, write or understand English …

    — I attended Catholic school K-12 — starting in 1952 — and it was the best education I could have possibly found. In our White suburb of Cleveland, what was considered ‘AP’ was considered basic in the Jesuit high school I attended …

    — my elementary schools had numerous National Merit folks finishing there and my high school had countless academic scholarships to the top universities in the United States … and we learned arithmetic via memorization in elementary school and how to solve mathematics problems via thinking and reasoning …

    — I attended a State university in OH starting in 1970 … in the very early days of AA — and back then the 1st 2 years of studies for those AA students were remedial (to get them up somewhere near high school graduation requirements) … and those 2 years counted toward their 4-year degree …

    — the average university student in the US today takes almost 6 years to graduate (likely because of those AA students and their 2 years of remedial studies not counting toward their degree) …

    — when I started university studies, there were 2 primary agendas being pushed on campus: a marxist slant in most classes to brainwash students in the merits of communism; a strong — almost universal — pro-zionist agenda that pushed for 100% of the faculty to sign a strong petition that was meant to be submitted to the United Nations …

    — I attended law school in LA starting in ’75 — and the student body was 70+% jewish (mostly from NYC) — and the faculty of 32 had 29 jews, including 6 rabbis … and there was a strong marxist and liberal bias to almost every class …

    — if our educational system from K through university level is so broken — as it has been since at least the ’70s — then why is every chinese and other student trying to go to our universities? There must be some other agenda here … immigration violations; espionage; theft of IP; etc.

    I agree that our educational system is not just broken — but, given its propaganda as shown in countless videos on the internet involving the agendas being pushed, it’s also corrupted beyond repair. Having almost every public school teacher in the unions doesn’t help — especially the bizarre and twisted lgbtqrstuvwxyz ones that brag about how they cannot be fired as they groom and otherwise twist the minds of impressionable children from 3-years old on through high school.

    Time to end the public school system as it currently exists … maybe provide vouchers to all students to be used as they please …

    As for our universities — the marxist faculty isn’t just a stereotype — it’s been a reality since at least ’70 … likely before then … and needs to be eliminated, too.

    Feeding all of this is, of course, the Department of Education and all of the taxpayer money shoved at universities for countless things — none of which has anything to do with providing an education of proper substance and form. Time to end any and all taxpayer involvement in the university system — all grants and loans and loan backstops must stop … let the universities and/or the banks fund tuition for student borrowers … let them absorb the risk of those who pursue nonsensical ‘degrees’ … 

  265. @RoatanBill

    What you are so full of is the faux religion of STEMolatry: The worship of the great god Man (excuse me while I pause to swoon in ecstasy) and His Awesome Achievements. You chose Madame Curie rather than, say, Schwartzschild to establish your “street cred” with any feminists who might be listening in (probably not many).
    It is truly amazing to me that you are still fixated on worshipping the false god Man when the almost unbelievable damage he has done is all around us.
    See Man. See Man build a Nordstream 2 Pipeline. See Man invent TNT. See Man invent undersea drones. See Man blow a hole in his wondrous Pipeline. See millions of cubic meters of methane gush through the Baltic and enter the atmosphere. See infrared light be reflected back to the planetary surface. See average temperatures rise a little more. See Cyrillics blast each other to bits with high-tech weapons, made by clever fellows such as yourself, perhaps.
    You STEM-heads: why so proud? You are the willing whores of the politicians, including evil dictators. “Hey, von Braun!” “Ja, Mein Fuhrer!” “Make me some Vergeltungswaffen to use as a militarily useless terror weapon against the English!” “Jawohl!”
    You will play “Ben Dover” for FDR, Stalin, Baby Kim, whomever. There you are, “bent over” your equipment in the Wuhan Institute for Virulogical Gain-of-Function Research, ever the clueless Sorcerer’s Apprentice. You really should read “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut. I don’t want to give away the plot or anything, but it’s about a scientist named Dr. Felix Honekker who discovers a substance called “Ice-Nine”.
    Now, I’ve got some good news just for you! I am going to exit this thread and leave you in peace. In the very difficult years that seem sure to come, I hope that you take a little time to stroll in that Forest of Arden of the Mind with Kurt Vonnegut, Aldous Huxley, and Robinson Jeffers. It shall prove a sovereign remedy for hubris, which seems to be an occupational hazard of STEM-heads at a certain level of understanding.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  266. @Eustace Tilley (not)

    All technology is dual use. It can be used for good or ill. That gov’t uses it for destructive purposes is what gov’ts do. They are the largest source of death and destruction on the planet and it’s the mostly non STEM public that demands gov’t continue by electing one killer after the other.

    As an atheist, I worship nothing; I give credit where it is due. It’s a matter of priorities. The windbag politicians, philosophers, social critics, authors, etc all live within the physical world that STEM provides. Without the engineers and scientists, you wouldn’t be able to rant on this forum as it wouldn’t exist. It’s the mostly vacuous individuals that come out of the humanities and social sciences that become the government which you at least recognize as a source of evil.

    The world can do without philosophers, politicians, and most of the rest of the non STEM disciplines, but the entire planet would be thrown back into the dark ages without the engineers and scientists moving things forward even while the gov’ts of the world are trying to dismantle societies. It’s not the STEM types currently ruining Europe and starting the wars, it’s the otherwise useless bullshit artists from the humanities and social sciences that are running the gov’ts.

    • Agree: Automatic Slim, Mark G.
    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  267. maczmo says:
    @Poupon Marx

    Russia is the last place left on earth where white people can feel safe.

  268. @RoatanBill

    That’s all very well but what practical steps must be taken to get rid of the state? Anarchists just want to smash it, while Marx had the concept of the withering away of the state. I suppose the latter imagines those running the state working to slowly abolish it but that’s unlikely to happen as people in power want to keep the power and extend it. Smashing the state requires a sufficient number of people sharing the same idea and getting on with it. The third way could be people just dropping out from the system, as Kali has done, and forming their own independent communities, but that also requires plenty of people doing it or the state will eventually turn on these independent communities.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
    , @RoatanBill
  269. @Commentator Mike

    You, like most people, have the wrong impression. Anarchism practiced by anarchists is non violent. The State has purposely conflated peaceful anarchism with bomb throwing lunatics precisely because they don’t want anyone investigating the anarchist philosophy. Anarchists see the State for what it actually is via empirical evidence and aren’t swayed by the propaganda it constantly employs.

    [MORE]

    Day by day the money-masters of America become more aware of their danger, they draw together, they grow more class-conscious, more aggressive. The [first world] war has taught them the possibilities of propaganda; it has accustomed them to the idea of enormous campaigns which sway the minds of millions and make them pliable to any purpose.
    American political corruption was the buying up of legislatures and assemblies to keep them from doing the people’s will and protecting the people’s interests; it was the exploiter entrenching himself in power, it was financial autocracy undermining and destroying political democracy. By the blindness and greed of ruling classes the people have been plunged into infinite misery.
    Despite the popular idea of anarchists as violent men, Anarchism is the one non-violent social philosophy…. The function of the Anarchist is two-fold. By daily courage in non-cooperation with the tyrannical forces of the State and the Church, he helps to tear down present society; the Anarchist by daily cooperation with his fellows in overcoming evil with good-will and solidarity builds toward the anarchistic commonwealth which is formed by voluntary action with the right of secession.
    Ammon Hennacy

    In point of fact, anarchism is the gentlest of all political systems. It contemplates no institutionalized coercion. It’s the watercourse way, where everything is allowed to rise or fall naturally to its own level. An anarchic system is necessarily one of free-market capitalism. Any services that are needed and wanted by people – like the police or the courts – would be provided by entrepreneurs, who’d do it for a profit.
    Doug Casey

    Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.
    Edward Abbey

    The basic tenet of anarchism is that hierarchical authority -be it state, church, patriarchy or economic elite -is not only unnecessary, but is inherently detrimental to the maximization of human potential. Anarchists generally believe that human beings are capable of managing their own affairs on the basis of creativity, cooperation, and mutual respect. It is believed that power is inherently corrupting, and that authorities are inevitably more concerned with self-perpetuation and increasing their own power than they are with doing what is best for their constituents.
    Liz A. Highleyman

    I define anarchist society as one where there is no legal possibility for coercive aggression against the person or property of any individual. Anarchists oppose the State because it has its very being in such aggression, namely, the expropriation of private property through taxation, the coercive exclusion of other providers of defense service from its territory, and all of the other depredations and coercions that are built upon these twin foci of invasions of individual rights.
    Murray Rothbard

    Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a ‘Great Leap Forward’ that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children.
    In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.
    Robert Higgs

    Anarchism is a goal. I realize it can’t be accomplished in my lifetime. In general it means resisting the State at every opportunity. Once you realize that every government is just a criminal mafia run by the worst people the society has produced, many things that were inexplicable become crystal clear.

    Stop the ridiculous practice of voting for your slavemaster. There are no people interested in power that should have it. Don’t send your kids to gov’t schools. Stop fawning over the killers in the military and the useless street cops that don’t protect anyone but their paymasters. Take the State supplied rose colored glasses off and evaluate what it actually does, comparing it to the worst criminals you can imaging.

    You will notice that the State routinely kills (war), steals (taxes), defrauds (currency), enslaves (taxes, conscription), coerces (laws) and lies at every opportunity if you stop treating them as some special entity. The State makes rules for you but exempts itself. Instead of accepting this double standard, mentally notice it at every opportunity and gain mental clarity concerning the issues you are forced to deal with due to the State’s very existence.

    BTW – States get rid of themselves after they bankrupt the population. It’s the people that allow a new set of criminals to once again form another monstrosity that endlessly repeats the same depredations.

  270. @Ace

    Interesting though is the fact that life expectancy in Canada is almost 4 years longer than the US though.

  271. @Anon

    The US brought blacks in…. So pay for their way back to Africa then…. It’s called reaping what was sown.

    • Replies: @Corrupt
    , @Susan
  272. @Priss Factor

    “What is the solution for bad black behavior that has no appreciation for academic endeavor as the stuff of lame punkass honkeys”

    The same thing was once said about Irish and Italian migrants to the US…. And the second part to that is why are black Caribbean and African migrants so much higher achievers than American born blacks….

  273. @Lockean Proviso

    Same old script….. Here is the answer 1) the KMT took all of the national treasure from the mainland to the island – which left the mainland dead broke and the island enormously wealthy in comparison. 2) Japan took Taiwan from China – if you don’t know why that is like fire in the bones of a Chinese then go learn. 3) the US had nuclear weapons on Taiwan until the 1970′.s 4) the government on Taiwan when it represented China had the 11 dash line and was found fully agreeable by the west at the time because Republican China was to be an ally – until the communists won the war.

  274. Corrupt says:
    @showmethereal

    “So pay for their way back to Africa then”

    In the long run it would be cheaper. As long as citizenship is renounced and there is no return, I would gladly donate to that cause.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  275. Bert says:
    @emerging majority

    The fight is the saving of Western Civilization, which is the theme of TUR.

    So yes, I have an interest the outcome of that effort. Prior to the 60’s, when I too first smoked grass, in the U.S. that method of wigging out was used only by Negroes and Meshicans, folks who specialize in creating failed cities and failed states, as the phrase goes. Oh, and also by losers like Jack Kerouac who sped up his own destruction by drinking himself into liver failure. Sixty years on, it is destroying a significant number of youthful minds.

    Churchill is quoted apocryphally as saying, ” If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.” That applies even more forcefully for mind-altering chemicals, except in the case of weed use, the brain will be literally damaged in its ability to function if youthful experimentation is transformed into habitual decades’ long use. I had a stoner friend who lost an arm because he forgot to look out for a dangerous animal that he knew was in the vicinity. He preferred Sativa by the way.

    But the real point is why do you read any of TUR’s articles if you don’t care about rejuvenating Western Civilization? You seem confused and agitated.

  276. @Corrupt

    So suggest it to your local elected official….

  277. Susan says:

    Good article but it failed to mention the number 1 problem: affirmative action has destroyed everything. There is nothing as destructive as replacing a merit system with affirmative action. Face facts. The downfall began with integration. Stop pretending that we’re all equal!

  278. Susan says:
    @showmethereal

    Many of us whites would GLADLY “…pay for their way back to Africa!” Even though we aren’t the ones who brought them here.

  279. @RoatanBill

    Thanks. I’m aware of the debate between the violent and non-violent anarchists since the time of Bakunin and Kropotkin.

    You seem to see the state as inherently evil yet technology as just a tool which can be used for good or evil, unlike some who see technology as also inherently evil and that it will inevitably lead to the eventual enslavement of mankind (Ted Kaczynski, Jacques Ellul). But can’t one also see the state as just a tool which can be used for either good or evil? After all the state is just an organisation of people, administrative management of socio-economic affairs, not much different from a large company.

    I’m opposed to the state because of what it is but it doesn’t mean that this is the only kind of state that can be. You approve of free enterprise capitalism but not the way it operates in the world today and have some different concept of it which doesn’t exist in our present reality. Now in my view politicians are definitely useless and just a waste of public funds and should be abolished. I think a state could function without the politicians just as an administration, and although not ideal, it would be a much better and cost-effective operation. Small tribal communities can exist with the minimum of statehood, like say having a chief, but modern technological society probably cannot function without some elements of it.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  280. @Commentator Mike

    You were doing fine until you caved in at the end. You trail off by granting credence to pure wind.

    There is no evidence that gov’t is needed to produce the good in the society. There is a mountain of evidence that gov’t is required to produce the bad in the society. It takes gov’t to extort the population to fund nuclear weapons, militaries, IRS agents, the CIA, etc. It takes gov’t to swindle the people into believing that currency, as in the US Dollar, is money when it isn’t, and they use the threat of violence called law, to force that lie to be the truth till objective reality exposes the lie as is now underway.

    The much maligned “corporation” is the requirement to organize and produce the complex products and services we all depend on. Gov’t came along and corrupted the concept of people pooling their resources and talents under the heading of a corporation to make it what it is today, another form of social control with many existing just to serve malignant gov’t projects.

    Just look at what’s going on in Ukraine. We have two sociopaths that head their individual mafias murdering innocent people and destroying their property that just happen to get in their way. They demand “conscripts” to kill and die for their asinine adventure. It takes the criminal organization commonly referred to as government to produce this evil as the average person has no interest in destroying his neighbors environment.

    You have the right instincts, but you appear to be hesitant to admit the whole undeniable truth.

    Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a ‘Great Leap Forward’ that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children.
    In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.
    Robert Higgs

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  281. @RoatanBill

    When I was younger I would have agreed with you 100%, and on atheism and religion too, but now I’m not so sure. Government and religion have been with us since the earliest civilisations in all sorts of locations among all kinds of people. If we could be without them then why hasn’t it been tried? I’m too old to hope for something that seems most unlikely. Also, you point to negative aspects/actions of government and religion but there are also positives. I would certainly like to see people cooperate and live in harmony but I’m not sure that governments and religions inherently prevent that in and of themselves. Sure they can be used to divide people and generate conflict but not necessarily so; anyway that’s my current opinion.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  282. @Commentator Mike

    Government and religion have been with us since the earliest civilisations in all sorts of locations among all kinds of people.

    Sociopathy and greed are part of the human condition. One just shouldn’t wholeheartedly support its continuation.

    If we could be without them then why hasn’t it been tried?

    It has been tried and some minor examples were successful for quite some time, some hundreds of years. Archaeologists have dug up areas devoid of weapons that show long term habitation. These people were probably overrun by the warlords of their day because they didn’t have the needed weapons to form an adequate defense. That was probably their mistake. When the USSR evaporated, their archives showed that they would never attack the US because “there’s a gun behind every blade of grass” as best as I can remember. It’s the people that should be armed, not the gov’ts. The gov’ts use their superior weapons to destroy people and their property. It’s how all mafias work.

    Today, the average person’s primary threat comes from the gov’t he votes for. What thief can continuously steal half your currency for whatever their priorities are and you have no say so? What murderer can possibly compete with the militaries of the world? What people have ever produced the death and destruction that modern gov’t has? In the not too distant future, gov’ts substitute for real money, currency, will crash and burn. The British just made hyperinflation their policy decision by pivoting back to QE although they won’t admit it. If one seriously faces facts, gov’t is the single largest threat to humanity.

    • Agree: Bert
  283. Bert says:
    @emerging majority

    Sharp Rise in Marijuana-Related Psychosis: American Board of Pain Medicine President
    Cannabis products are produced to have extremely high percentages of THC

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/sharp-rise-in-marijuana-related-psychosis-american-board-of-pain-medicine-president_4772382.html?utm_source=ref_share&utm_campaign=copy&rs=SHRKCGFG

  284. What is a Woman?

    Bee Gees – More Than A Woman (Lyrics)

  285. JR Foley says:
    @Anon

    You are typical of an ignorant and uneducated lout who knows all angles of social media nuances but is stuck reading more than a paragraph and terrified of anything beyond the community’s gates. Dimwit.

  286. JR Foley says:
    @mocissepvis

    Remember—it is NOT what you know ( math/sciences/English/Latin/ Foreign Langage) BUT—how you feel———and no student left behind—-…

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