A show I enjoy watching on the non-History History channel features a grandfather, father, son and son’s friend in the day-to-day operation of a Las Vegas pawn shop.
In one episode, the father laments that there is no one with whom he can have an intelligent conversation.
For years, we educators have known that our public school curriculum was being ‘dumbed down.’ At first it was just a ‘shortening’ because, gee, there is so much to do everyday in school. The school day became less about creating critical thinkers and more about learning a mass of often unrelated facts. Knowing facts does not make you a critical thinker, but if you know enough you can win a Jeopardy Challenge. You’re smart if you know facts but can’t solve problems.
So my friend, B2…he calls himself that because both of his names start with ‘B’…sent me a link to an article all about dumbing down and replacing American news coverage with infotainment…
In today’s news facts and fantasy are mixed together. That is called ‘spin.’ Spin is not like opinion which is fact mixed with interpretation. Spin is more akin to a recipe, band-picked facts seasoned with ideology.
So, if you own a pawn shop and feel intellectually alone, keep your spirits up. As Red Green would say, “I’m pulling for you. We are all in this together.”