The other day I was mildly concerned about college students trying to find those elusive safe spaces. Turns out, that may be all they’re capable of. Either schools are not teaching or humans are becoming mentally retarded as the default setting. The esteemed Dr. Walter Williams explains:
Do you wonder why Sen. Bernie Sanders and his ideas are so popular among American college students? The answer is that they, like so many other young people who think they know it all, are really uninformed and ignorant. You say, “Williams, how dare you say that?! We’ve mortgaged our home to send our children to college.” Let’s start with the 2006 geographic literacy survey of youngsters between 18 and 24 years of age by National Geographic and Roper Public Affairs.
Less than half could identify New York and Ohio on a U.S. map. Sixty percent could not find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a map of the Middle East, and three-quarters could not find Iran or Israel. In fact, 44 percent could not locate even one of those four countries. Youngsters who had taken a geography class didn’t fare much better. By the way, when I attended elementary school, during the 1940s, we were given blank U.S. maps, and our assignment was to write in the states. Today such an assignment might be deemed oppressive, if not racist.
According to a Philadelphia magazine article, the percentage of college grads who can read and interpret a food label has fallen from 40 to 30. They are six times likelier to know who won “American Idol” than they are to know the name of the speaker of the House. A high-school teacher in California handed out an assignment that required students to use a ruler. Not a single student knew how.
An article on News Forum for Lawyers titled “Study Finds College Students Remarkably Incompetent” cites a study done by the American Institutes for Research that revealed that over 75 percent of two-year college students and 50 percent of four-year college students were incapable of completing everyday tasks. About 20 percent of four-year college students demonstrated only basic mathematical ability, while a steeper 30 percent of two-year college students could not progress past elementary arithmetic. NBC News reported that Fortune 500 companies spend about $3 billion annually on training employees in “basic English.”
If this generation can’t use rulers, how long before some future cohort won’t even be able to speak? How, then, will we hear and understand their feeble cries for safe spaces and social justice?
The College Fix.
Given these observations, one sincerely hopes it’s the system and not the brains that have failed. Either way things are looking a little less than hopeful.
John G said:
Bleak. And scary. For being such a hostile country, we are surprisingly ignorant about anything going on around us. Ignorance is what makes people so easy to manipulate.. and it’s terrifying that our population wants to bomb and destroy countries we can’t even find on a map. *smh*
Yes sir. We have crazies, lazies and idiots galore.
No different here in the U.K. “Generation Snowflake” can’t cook a basic meal, iron clothes or hold a normal conversation without saying “like” every nano second. The most uneducated of my generation who were schooled in the late seventies, are probably on a par with today’s masters degree level students. Of course we can’t all be clever can we? We will still need trades people and manual workers right? Yes we do, however “generation snowflake” couldn’t manage anything too physical either due to a myriad of physical conditions that seemed to have been invented over the last 20 years, or, they want to be a CEO of a major corporation within a week of joining the company. If the world suddenly broke out into a full on, balls to the walls world war, then I am afraid we couldn’t put too much confidence in this generation. And as for the older generation of veterans(myself included) that may be called upon to fight for the freedoms that were so hard won by our grandfathers, then I doubt we would answer the call to fight. Why not? Because we would not deem a country so full of candy arsed, lazy, oxygen stealing, automatically entitled to everything the world contains mangirls as a culture worth defending.
Jon, Thanks for the read and the comment. I am sure the snowflakes would melt even before shots were fired. They don’t even do well against unorganized street thugs when they outnumber them. The word “gun” brings them to tears. I’m saddened to hear (again) the UK is infected. Here, there, Canada, the Continent. It’s civilization-wide. My father was a university professor. He’s not been gone 10 years but I don’t think he would recognize academia, the youth, or the US.
God bless everyone on the other side of the pond!