The Cold, Hard Truth

No one ever said truth is kind. People often lie to BE kind. Truth is cold. Truth is hard. Truth is often unkind. An example of the cold, hard truth is below, observed and written by me.


I compared the world I grew up in to the world as it is today. When I was growing up, we had no computers.  We had to work a lot harder on our school assignments than kids do today, because we had no computers, no Internet. The U.S. was ranked a lot higher on the world smart scale back then, too.

Now, with personal computers, the U.S. has slipped way down the scale. Japanese kids, Indian kids, British kids, Chinese kids, are all smarter than U.S kids. Computers, instead of making our kids smarter, have made our kids dumber.

Today, it is okay for high school students to be no smarter than sixth grade students. It is okay for high school kids to not know the difference between loose/lose, your/you’re, to/too, its/it’s, and so on. It is okay for them not to be able to write a comprehensible term paper.

It’s okay for our kids to not get the job they want because they can’t spell or write a complete sentence, and it’s okay to then blame the interviewer instead of themselves.

What IS important is that our kids know how to text and drive, post on FB, post tweets, dress in old, torn, and often dirty clothes, and cuss like sailors and truck drivers.

In other words, it is okay that the kids of today are a helluva lot dumber than their parents and grandparents. The blame falls on their friends, what they are and are not taught in school, society in general, and, of course, poor parenting.

It’s considered to be cool for a young teenage girl to have a filthy mouth and cool that guys in the Senior class still cannot write a complete sentence. It is considered cool for guys to wear their pants below their butt holes. It is considered cool to wear clothes with big holes, tears, and rips in them, instead of dressing decently and not like some homeless bum or hobo. My parents taught me better than that.

If I showed up at some girl’s house dressed like a bum, the door would have been slammed in my face.

I thought kids today wanted to be smarter than generations before them.

I see, now, the error of my previous opinions and thoughts.

High school students in today’s world have been given a much easier road to graduation. Many of the tests they have to pass have been discontinued, as in Texas. It used to be the students had to pass 15 tests in order to graduate. Now, it’s only five! I wonder what the other ten tests covered. Math? Science? Social Studies? English Grammar/Composition? What did the State eliminate?

Most, not all, but, from what I’ve seen, most high school students are a helluva lot dumber than the high school graduates of my time. One high school girl I met on the bus (in a previous post) didn’t even know much about the American Civil War! Was she funnin’ me or just really, really stupid?

No longer are there Americans coming up with incredible discoveries/inventions. They are coming from foreign countries.

No longer is there a sense of pride for country, but, instead, that concept has been replaced with the attitude “the world owes me”.

Now, for those who have become bored with this, go back to your X Boxes and stupid, violent video games. I don’t want to keep you from becoming a national hero by defeating some other kid who lives in poverty, yet owns the latest in video game technology.


About thomlucci

Disabled Veteran from Vietnam era, 2nd generation Italian-American, conservative, born in PA, raised mostly in Europe. Graduated from high school in France in 1966. Former print journalist, professional photographer. Love animals: dogs, cats, horses, mostly. Current Opinions of News is a blog where I vent my frustrations with Democrats, crime, social issues, and so on.
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