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(LA Times)   Writer of book about stupid things kids put in term papers says that kids aren't getting stupider, they've been stupid pretty much consistently over the years   ( divider line
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2001-12-31 10:09:31 AM  
"That's why you're still kids. Because you're stupid."
2001-12-31 10:10:31 AM  
College kids say the darndest things.
2001-12-31 10:14:15 AM  
I submitted this months ago
2001-12-31 10:25:31 AM  
Jimmy Balls: So.
2001-12-31 10:54:23 AM  
someone needs to do another book listing the things professors say. i heard some incredible statements in college from supposedly learned folk.
2001-12-31 11:08:31 AM  
The Marginal Line sounds about right.
2001-12-31 11:10:02 AM  
When I was doing my graduate work in philosophy we got a lot of stupid statements from students in essays. My personal favorite: "Socrates solved important philosophical issues through lively intercourse" Just thought I would share that with everybody.
2001-12-31 11:20:14 AM  
The_Wise_one Sad part is it took me a couple minutes to finally get that. Must be the vacation I'm on....

I once had a high school teacher that remarked that sound travels faster than light. I almost smacked her.
2001-12-31 11:37:56 AM  
I was amazed when a friend of mine (who is also a high-school math teacher) asked "Who was president during WWII - was it Johnson?". Amazing.
2001-12-31 12:09:45 PM  
Is fb- their father?
2001-12-31 12:27:09 PM  
Kids these days are, without a doubt, dumber. Pay a visit to any fast food restaurant or audit a high school class sometime.

The most important thought these people have is which video game they're going to play when they get home.

Kids years ago were more naive, yes, but they were definitely better educated. They were also more disciplined and they understood the value of good work ethics.

Today, instead of working for success, they all want it dropped in their bratty ass laps.

It doesn't work that way, kiddies. I can't wait to watch those lazy attitudes bite you rugrats in the ass in ten or twenty years.

heh heh
2001-12-31 12:49:47 PM  
Help, I've fallen into the generation gap and can't get up.
2001-12-31 12:54:51 PM  
These were submitted by college students?

Some of them are so idiotic that one would think that these were the products of a 2nd - 3rd grader's mind.
2001-12-31 01:11:18 PM  
Man you guys are tough on kids, Kids as a general are not getting dumber or smarter. There is just a larger exspansion in the gap between smart and dumb. There are kids who are dumb as hell and then there are those that are smart as hell. Take a look at the newspapers and you will see kids who fit into those two categories. When most people I believe visit this site were in high-school there were probably very few cliques, which is totally different now; because of the numerous cliques there has been a cross-mingleing. The jocks/preps hang out, the slackers/nerds hang out, the skaters/slackers hang out, the nerds/artist hang out, and the stoners hang out with everybody, and so on and so forth. Now where am I going with this, these groups have different social and intellectual requirements. The nerds, I will go out on a limb and say, demand much more intellect then say "proper social behavior to fit society" and will therefore strive to be very smart. The jocks are good at sports, which requires loyalty and a good physical condition so they will usually ignore academics and go straight for sports, thus remaining un-educated. There are always exceptions to what I have written and this is only oppinion and should be taken with a grain of salt.
2001-12-31 01:13:13 PM  
MajorAthiest: Would you like some proof with your vacous generalization?
2001-12-31 01:28:03 PM  
NutSack That is a very good point, but could it also be turned around? A person who is born intelligent may hang out with the nerds because they feel kinship with them, and a natural athlete will hang out with jocks for the same reason.

Basically, does the group we choose determine our behavior, or does our behavior determine which group we choose? Discuss amongst yourselves.
2001-12-31 01:30:20 PM  
I'm buying this book. No questions about it, this is high quality entertainment.
2001-12-31 02:01:33 PM  

I believe it is our behavior that chooses which group we choose. The social outcast of society don't usually hang out with the other social outcast(unless you live in India and believe in the Caste system) that is by their decision, also why would kids strive to be in the popular group? The reason would be for the popularity the comes along with it which they chose, I think answers your question.
2001-12-31 02:02:35 PM  
Damnit, forgot the </B>
2001-12-31 02:25:23 PM  
Hey Karpage, leave MajorAthiest alone.

When he was young he had to walk to school.
For 20 miles.
In four feet of snow.
Both ways.
2001-12-31 02:35:12 PM  
Actually, kids aren't getting stupider, because "stupider" isn't a farking word.
2001-12-31 02:36:43 PM  
Too much TV.
More college grads than ever before, but fewer 'smart' people. Gotta' be the TV.
2001-12-31 03:25:45 PM  
Evil Homer
Actually, kids aren't getting stupider, because "stupider" isn't a farking word.

Then we need to make it a word. So that way when people use they dont look stupid.
2001-12-31 03:28:41 PM  
I teach college (math). The level of ignorance displayed by people with high school diplomas is mind-boggling. A high school diploma these days is nothing more than a certificate of attendance. It doesn't indicate even basic literacy, or in my line of work, the knowledge that 1/4 + 1/4 does not equal 2/8. I've seen kids who need a calculator to multiply single-digit numbers. I better stop ranting now.
2001-12-31 03:39:34 PM  
I teach college (physics). As an example of the boneheadedness I have to deal with constantly, I gave this problem on an exam: "Equal masses of ice (0 C) and hot water (75 C) are combined in a sealed, insulating container. What is the temperature of the mixture at thermal equilibrium?" Over a *dozen* (out of 93) students got an answer of > 200 degrees celsius. I guess you can boil water by adding ice!

And these are farking ENGINEERING students!
2001-12-31 04:16:35 PM  

37.5 C
2001-12-31 04:30:29 PM  
I think some students just put down something silly just because they couldn't come with a correct answer and some are close and it sounds right. I still remember a health test when I was in 9th grade.... what is the term for someone with the condition opposite of bowleggedness? I answered (and it STILL sounds good, dammit!) "knotkneed". You know, 'bow' and 'knot'? I wasn't far off...

In reference to The Wise One... what is a 4 letter word ending in K that means intercourse? Get your minds out of the gutter.... Talk.
2001-12-31 05:28:11 PM  
NutSack Speaking from personal experience alone, I found that most (if not all) the social outcasts wanted to be outcast. Sure, there was a bit of jealousy for their more popular counterparts but I know I would never have traded my intelligence for popularity. Anyone else have some opinions on this?
2001-12-31 07:08:46 PM  
TV's_Frank: I have to agree with you on this one. That's not to say that I COULD have been part of the popular crowd, mind you. But after a while, the outcasts eventually start banding together as their own little clique of clique-haters.

I was in a bit of a different situation than most tho. I was in the IB program, so everyone there was intelligent. Boy. Now that I think about it, I was considered a schmuck even amongst the intelligensia. Thanks Frank, I was almost able to bury that memory. Ah well, I think my psychologist needed to put another kid thru college anyway.
2001-12-31 09:55:28 PM  
Revrendjim: I am a college freshman at a fine institution, and I do credit my former high school (and it is a public school) with helping me to get where I am now. I do not feel that my high school diploma is a great deal more than a "certificate of attendance." I was there, yes. I did the work and did it well, and I worked hard. I'm in college because I am aware that a high school diploma alone won't get me as far as I would like to go in the world, but I am proud of it. Thank you.
2001-12-31 09:57:36 PM  
Forgot </i>, so now, as it was truncated, </rant>. (I didn't take the computer class where they teach you html...)
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