Americans aren’t just increasingly fat; they’re increasingly stupid.
Today, Vox Day noted the decline in the average college IQ over the past six decades. We’re collectively down 12.3 points, almost a whole SD. It kind of matters. Smaller brains and larger waistlines so not make for a good or viable trend.
I also read a review of sorts by Chris Sullivan of Anthony Esolen’s Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture. Esolen may have some answers for the academic decline and more.
Anthony Esolen, a professor at Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire and recently of Providence College, Rhode Island, has written a stinging critique of modern education and American society in general titled Out Of The Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture published by Regnery Publishers, 2017.
It’s a short book – 203 pages – but contains much wise social commentary and observations on everything wrong with American education, if there’s any such thing. Esolen is not one to beat around the bush. If you don’t agree with him it isn’t because he is opaque. For instance, chapter one is titled, Giving Things Their Proper Names: The Restoration Of Truth Telling. It is divided into several sections with their own headings, one of which is Are We a World of Liars?
“In a word, yes.
It was the education angle and the fact of Thomas Moore College that caught my attention. TMC may be the best deal in the country for affordable, quality higher education, Catholic or otherwise. I want my daughter to consider the school.
Anyway, I bought a copy on Kindle this morning. I’m planning to start reading it tonight. If warranted, and time allowing, I’ll post a review here and at Amazon. Chapter Four is: Man by Nature Desires to Know: Rebuilding the College.
That’s important to me and should be to all Americans. Most of our “schools” have become anti-intellectual, places where knowing is the last thing desired.
Looks good from my cursory overview. I’ll let you know.