If you were to make high school students today meet the requirements for graduation that I had to meet way back in 1966, I doubt even ten percent of the students would graduate.
I see/hear/read the stupidity of Americans every single day, especially when it comes to our native tongue: English. It is our native tongue! It is the language we speak and write since the first word we uttered; and yet many Americans can’t speak it better than foreigners who come to visit.
It doesn’t matter whether you like this or not, but you will be judged all your life in three ways: by the way you look, the way you speak, and the way you write–if you can write anything at all.
Students who, by some mind-boggling process, graduated from high school within the past 20 years, often do not know the difference between too and to, your and you’re, loose and lose, and/or say things like, “. . . me and my friend . . ” instead of “. . . my friend and I . . .”.
How can you tell which one to use? Say to yourself, ‘Me went to the store.” Does that sound right? If it does, you are one of the stupid Americans. It is “I went to the store,” so you would say “My friend and I went to the store.” You put your friend first, because it is the polite thing to do, however, I understand there are as few polite Americans as there are smart ones.
If you were to say, “My mom took me to the store,” then it would not be right to say, “My mom took my friend and I to the store,” because then you would be saying, “My mom took I to the store.” Does that sound right? Of course not.
Loose is a nut or screw that needs to be tightened. You don’t LOOSE your wallet.
You’re is two words put together: you are. Your means something belongs to you, NOT that you ARE something.
Then there is the one word in the English language that, (if any number of words should be stricken from the language/dictionary, this one should go first) should be deleted from the English language. That word is the preposition “at”. Oh, my God. I am thoroughly stunned at how many Americans, including journalists with college educations, end their sentences with that preposition! It is egregious!
For instance, you have to have a college degree to get a job as a Meteorologist on a television station, correct? And a college education means you have to take at least one English class, correct? Well, I see a “weatherman” on one station here in San Antonio repeatedly end his sentences with “at” by saying, “It depends on where you’re at.” FIRE HIS BUTT!! “IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU’RE AT.” Not only does he not know he sounds more like a high school drop-out than a college educated man, but he is also endorsing that kind of language by repeating it to our young Americans and making them believe it is perfectly okay to speak like that. The Station Manager should know better and tell that poorly-spoken weatherman to take another English class and why.
“Where are you at?” “Where’s it at?” “That is where it’s at.” OH, KILL ME NOW!
Strike the word AT from your vocabulary!!! Just say, “Where are you?” “Where is it?” “That’s where it is.” You don’t NEED at. As soon as I hear someone end a sentence with “at”, my respect for them goes down a few notches, especially if they have a college degree.
How many of you know Elizabeth Vargas from NBC? She’s a college educated journalist. So, you can imagine my disgust when I heard this wordsmith say, “He went to lay down.” People don’t lay down. They lie down. Things that never had life lay down. A rug lays on the floor, not a dog. You lay a magazine on the table, but your kid goes to lie down. By her speaking such egregious grammatical errors, she is telling everyone, “It’s perfectly alright to speak like this.” No, it isn’t! Go back to school, Elizabeth!
This is freaking basic crap. Students should know that by 7th grade at the latest. The fact that students are graduating from high school and STILL do not know this basic English is nothing less than absolutely pathetic.
Here is more testament to the stupidity of our high school students and the IQ of Americans in general:
March 27, 2013: The San Antonio Express-News printed this story in the Metro section:
AUSTIN — House lawmakers Tuesday night approved major changes to the state’s high school curriculum that would allow students to graduate without having to take Algebra II or other advanced math and science classes and would slash the number of standardized tests they’d have to pass from 15 to five.
So, our high school students will be even more stupid when compared to students in China, Japan, India, and many European countries, just to mention a few.
This is the age of computers, huge leaps in science and technology, and our students will be like baboons compared to foreign students!
Stupider and stupider and stupider. A nation of imbeciles.
So, I say again, if today’s high school students had to meet the requirements I had to meet to graduate—few would pass. A precious few.
I thank GOD I was born when I was and not later. I have seen the decline of this nation starting from the time of hippies all the way to today. All you have to do is look at the movies that are popular, the TV shows that are popular, the vulgar language used by ten-year-olds, the pathetic way parents raise their children (not teaching respect, manners, right from wrong, etc).
I wanted to live long enough to see our nation colonize Mars and other planets/moons, but looking at how pitiful our education system is and the sorry-ass requirements to graduate high school, I think I would have to live a thousand years before any Americans are smart enough to get us there. And if we ever DID get there—the rest of the world would have been there for hundreds of years earlier.
Our nation became the greatest nation in the world because we explored, we invented, we overcame, we excelled beyond any other nation in the world; but that is all dead, now. The only damn thing our students want to do is text, play video games, use vulgar language in public by the time they are 10, and spend the rest of their free time doing bullshit on the Internet.
And many, if not most, of you parents are to blame, because either you don’t give a damn, or you want to be your kid’s friend, instead of your kid’s PARENT.
Here is a comparison: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire and The Rise and Fall of the United States.
We are decaying from within, and I hope I won’t live to see the nation wind up a wasteland of idiots and cowards.
- It’s the Students, Stupid (educationviews.org)
- A Parent’s Guide to Core Requirements: Common Subjects Taught in High Schools (parenting.answers.com)
- Would You Take the Test? (dianeravitch.net)
- The Secret to Fixing School Discipline? Change the Behavior of Adults (newamericamedia.org)
- Coalition applauds graduation requirement overhaul (sfgate.com)
- Teachers react to reduced testing (kxan.com)